What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of facial pain and headache?

Updated: Jan 29, 2020
  • Author: Tejas Raval, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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  • Noncontrast CT of the sinuses with axial and coronal sections is the criterion standard for the radiographic diagnosis of sinusitis or possible rhinogenic causes of pain.

  • MRI is useful for the evaluation of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, specifically for internal derangement.

  • MRI, and/or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of the brain is useful to evaluate for intracranial pathology (tumor, hydrocephalus) and vascular sources of headache. It also is used to assess for microvascular compression of cranial nerve roots.

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