An occasional head ache occurs to everyone but once they become a regular routine or the frequency of recurrence increases, it is high time you meet a Doctor and get yourself diagnosed. The correct diagnosis of a headache is necessary in order to begin an effective treatment plan. Early visits to your doctor are made to establish what type or classification of headache you have.
A Doctor will prescribe some diagnostic tests. We mention some tests which are done to estimate what causes those frequent headaches.
Additional diagnostic tests might be needed to rule out other medical conditions. These tests are listed below. Keep in mind that laboratory tests are not helpful in diagnosing migraine , cluster, or tension type headaches.
Blood chemistry and urinalysis: These tests are used to determine other medical conditions — including diabetes, thyroid problems and infections — that can cause headaches.
- Computed Tomography (CT Scan): X-rays and computers are used to produce images of a cross-section of the body. A CT scan of the head might be recommended if you are getting daily or almost daily headaches to help rule out other causes of headaches.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): This test produces very clear pictures, or images, of the brain without the use of X-rays. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce these images. An MRI provides information about the structure and biochemistry of the brain. An MRI might be recommended if you are getting daily or almost daily headaches. It might also be recommended if a CT scan does not show definitive results. In addition, an MRI scan is used to evaluate certain parts of the brain that are not as easily viewed with CT scans, such as the spine at the level of the neck and the back portion of the brain.
- Sinus X-ray: Although the CT scan and MRI provide more details, your doctor might use this test if your symptoms seem to indicate sinus problems.
- Ophthalmology evaluation: An eye pressure test performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) will rule out glaucoma or pressure on the optic nerve as causes of headaches.
- Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap): The removal of spinal fluid from the spinal canal. This procedure is only done to rule out conditions that might be affecting the brain and spinal cord. This test is used only if the symptoms call for it. It can cause a headache for a few hours afterward.
- CT Angiography If your doctor suspects you may have an aneurysm, you may have to undergo CT Angiography
All kinds of tests are available under one roof at Mahi Diagnostics, opp Piccadily Hotel , Kanpur Road. Pl call on 4074409,8960844447 for any query.