Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor may recommend brain-imaging tests, such as MRI or CT scans.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). During an MRI, a magnetic field and radio waves are used to create cross-sectional images of the structures within your head to determine any problems that may be causing your cough headache.
  • Computerized tomography (CT). These scans use a computer to create cross-sectional images of your brain and head by combining images from an X-ray unit that rotates around your body.
May. 05, 2012