Headache Assessment of Children for Emergent Intracranial Abnormalities

Protocol Description

The purpose of this multi-center study is to help doctors in determining which children with headaches need imaging, such as a head CT (CAT scans, computed tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) as part of their emergency care. It is important for doctors to know when to get a head CT or MRI and when it is not needed. Researchers hope to also create a model that identifies the specific risk of emergent intracranial abnormalities in these children based on clinically sensible and reliable variables.

Eligibility Criteria

The study focuses on children ages 2 through 17 who are being seen in the Emergency Department (ED) of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh because of a headache.
Boys and Girls: Ages 2 through 17


In addition to recording the medical history and physical exam findings of participants, the research team will contact participants’ parents/guardians by text message once a month for up to 6 months following their visit to the ED. Through these text messages, the researchers will ask if the participant had any head imaging after their initial ED visit. If they did, researchers will follow up briefly by phone to get more details.
Visits: 1, the initial Emergency Department visit, and follow-up contact by text messages and possibly a phone call
Duration: Up to 6 months

Status: Enrolling by Invitation

Source(s) of Support

Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)

Additional Information

Emergency Medicine Research

Primary Investigator

Jane Soung, MD

Contact Information

For more information about the study or enrollment, please contact:
Research Coordinator