An Introduction to Hydrocephalus Diagnosis
To make a hydrocephalus diagnosis, a physician considers the patient's medical history (including symptoms that the patient or family reports), results of the physical exam, and certain imaging tests or procedures.
Tests used to diagnose hydrocephalus can include:
- Computed tomography (CT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Pressure-monitoring techniques.
The tests that the doctor recommends are based on the patient's age, clinical presentation, and the presence of known or suspected problems of the brain or spinal cord.