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Brain, Head & Spine Imaging Image

Our board-certified radiologists investigate pathologies and injuries of the head, neck and spine, using the most advanced imaging technologies available. Using mainly CT and MRI, as well as X-rays and ultrasound, radiologists diagnose abnormalities of the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, and head and neck.

Some Brain, Head & Spine Imaging Procedures Include:

Angiogram

An angiogram is an X-ray exam of the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages and other blood vessel problems. It can reveal the integrity of the cardiovascular system in specific areas throughout the body. Combined with the use of intravenous contrast medium injected via a catheter, an angiogram identifies areas of blockage or damaged vessels within the circulatory system. CT and MRI may also be used to gain additional images of the arteries.

Myelogram

Myelography is an X-ray of the structures in your spinal column.  Some uses include: evaluation spinal tumors, spinal cord swelling, herniated (slipped) disks areas of narrowing within the spinal canal and persistent extremity pain. It uses a contrast agent, which is injected into the spinal canal in the same manner a needle is placed for a lumbar puncture, to visualize the spinal cord and nerve roots in the area of concern.

NeuroQuant

NeuroQuant is new brain imaging software that improves the early detection and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It precisely measures the brain atrophy (shrinkage) by measuring the size of the hippocampus and other brain structures that typically deteriorate with these disorders and compares the results to an FDA-approved database of people of the same age that have healthy brains. This information helps doctors aid in the diagnosis of neurodegenerative disease and follow its progression.

Pain Management

We provide a range of interventional procedures for the management of spinal pain. They include:

  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are procedures that treat spinal fractures or compressed / collapsed vertebrae, often performed by a neuroradiologist. Vertebroplasty is the injection of a cement-like material into the bone to make it more stable. In kyphoplasty, the doctor first creates space by inflating a balloon-like device in the bone. The space is then filled with the cement material.

  • Discography is a procedure used to confirm that an abnormal disc is the culprit of pain. It is often used prior to a more invasive surgical procedure, to gather more information before that next step is taken. A contrast agent is introduced, and after the procedure a CT scan identifies leakage from the discs to identify any spinal disc herniation.

  • Facet and SI joint injections are used to alleviate joint pain, such as with arthritis or injury, or to determine the exact cause of pain. Under X-ray guidance, a clinician injects anesthetic directly into the joint or anesthetizes the nerves to carry pain signals away from the joint.

  • Nerve root injections are used to help ease back and leg pain when a nerve is inflamed or compressed as it passes from the spinal column between the vertebrae. The injection contains a steroid medication or anesthetic and is administered to the affected part of the nerve.

  • Epidurals can be diagnostic (an isolated nerve is injected with anesthetic to see if it is the source of pain) or therapeutic (both an anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory medication, such as a steroid (cortisone), are injected near the affected nerve).