PA AXIAL SKULL SERIES | CALDWELL METHOD

Friday, August 16, 2013

CALDWELL METHOD 15° CR or 25° to 30° CR

Pathology Demonstrated:

  • Skull fractures (medial and lateral displacement), neoplastic processes, and Paget's disease are demonstrated.

Technical Factors:

  • IR size - 24 x 30 cm (10 x 12 inches), lengthwise
  • Moving or stationary grid
  • 70 to 80 kV range
  • Small focal spot
  • mAs 18

Patient Position in Caldwell Method:
skull xray caldwell method
PA -CR 15° caudad, OML
  • Remove all metallic or plastic objects from the patient's head and neck. Take radiograph with patient in the erect or prone position.

Part Position:

  • Let the patient's nose and forehead rest the against table or Bucky surface.
  • Slowly flex the patient's neck as needed to align Orbito Meatal Line (OML) perpendicular to Image Receptor.
  • Align midsagital plane perpendicular to midline of the grid or table or in bucky surface to prevent head rotation and or tilt.
  • Center Image Receptor to Central Ray.


Central Ray (CR):

  • Angulate Central Ray to 15° caudad and center to exit nasion.
  • Alternate with CR 25° to 30° caudad, and center to exit at nasion.
  • The Minimum SID is 40 inches (100 cm).

Collimation:
  • Collimate to outer margin of skull.

Respiration of patient during exposure:

  • Suspend respiration.

Alternative 25° to 30° Caldwell Method:

An altenate projection is a 25° to 30° caudad tube angle that allows better visualization of the superior orbital fissures, the foramen rotundum, and the inferior orbital rim region. CR exits at level of nasion.

Note: Decreases caudad angulation of the CR to 15° and/ or increased patient's neck flexion (chin down) will result in projection of the petrous pyramids, to the lower third of the orbits.

Alternate AP Axial Projection Skull Series:

  • For patients who are unable to be positioned for a PA projection (e.g., trauma patients), an AP axial projection may be obtained with the use of a 15 ° cephalic angle, with the OML positioned perpendicular to the IR.

Radiographic Criteria in AP Axial Caldwell Method:


Structure will be Shown:

skull xray caldwell method
PA -CR 15° caudad, OML
  • The greater and lesser sphenoid wings, frontal bone, superior orbital fissures, frontla and anterior ethmoid sinuses, superior orbital margins, and crista galli are shown.

Structure Shown in PA with 25° to 30° Caudad Angle:

  • In addition to the structures mentioned previously, the foramen rotundum adjacent to each inferior orbital rim is visualized, and the entire superior orbital fissures are visualized within the orbits.

Correct Positioning:

  • No ratation as assessed by equal distance from the midlateral orbital margins to the lateral wall of cranium on each side, superior orbital fissures symmetric within the orbits, correct extension of neck (OML alignment).
  • No tilt with the MSP exactly perpendicular to the IR.

Correct Positioning in PA Axial with 15° Caudad Angle:

  • Petrous pyramids are projected into the lower one-third of the orbits.
  • Superior orbital margin is visulized without superimpostion.

Correct Positioning in PA Axial with 20° to 30° Caudad Angle:

  • Petrous pyramids are projected at or below the inferior orbital rim to allow visualization of the entire orbital margin.

Correct Collimation and Central Ray (CR):

  • Entire skull is visualized on the image, with the nasion in the center.
  • Collimation borders are to outer margins of skull.

Exposure Criteria:

  • Density and contrast are sufficient to visualized the frontal bone and sellar structures without overexposure to perimeter region of skull.
  • Sharp bony margins indicate no motion.

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