Neuroimaging is a branch of medical imaging that focuses on the brain. Current neuroimaging techniques reveal both form and function.
Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are popular modalities utilized by medical professionals and radiologists to study the form of the brain and its related areas. These related areas include the:
- Cervical spine
- Thoracic spine
- Lumbar spine
- Temporal bone
MRI can be performed with advanced specialty protocols that are specific to such concerns as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). MRI is one of the most sensitive diagnostic tools for the detection and monitoring of MS lesions. A technique called Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) has continued to develop into a powerful clinical tool to visualize venous structures and iron in the brain, and to study diverse pathologic conditions. SWI has been found to provide additional clinically useful information that is often complementary to conventional MRI sequences used in the evaluation of various neurologic disorders.
One such MRI specialty neuroimaging study offered at Diagnostic Imaging Services is called NeuroQuant.
NeuroQuant segments and measures volumes of the hippocampus, ventricles and other brain structures and compares the volumes to norms, based on the patient’s age, gender and intracranial volume. This information helps providers assess neurological conditions and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Epilepsy.
This quantitative component provides statistically valid results back to the medical provider, taking the guesswork out of the diagnostic process.
When it is considered necessary to examine the function of the brain via nuclear medicine, DIS offers another specialty neuroimaging study called CereScan.
Nuclear medicine can prove to be invaluable in providing an overall picture of how the brain is working – or not working. Using a SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) camera in combination with advanced image processing software, CereScan’s functional brain evaluations focus on identifying the biological causes of brain disorders.
Quantitative SPECT images measure up to 160 individual regions of the brain.
People that receive recommendations from their medical provider for these types of specialty neurological imaging exams no longer have to be limited to going to the hospital. Diagnostic Imaging Services has continued its commitment to the latest in advanced radiology studies that are often demanded by physician subspecialists.
From ultra-high field MRI and ultra-low dose CT to radiology specialists in neuroradiology and MRI, DIS is the leader in independent outpatient neuroimaging in southeast Louisiana.