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Brain and spine scans

This information was last checked in September 2015. Due for review in September 2018.

This fact sheet provides information on brain scans and spine scans (CT scan and MRI scan). Our fact sheets are designed as general introductions to each subject and are intended to be concise.

There are different reasons for having a brain scan or spine scan and different types of scanner. You should speak with your doctor or specialist for individual advice.

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Brain and spine scans fact sheet

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