Neuroimaging is defined as the process of producing images of the structure or activity of the brain or other parts of the nervous system. This means neuroimaging techniques reveal both form and function.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (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.
When would I get a Neuroimaging exam?
Computed Tomography (CT) and MRI are popular modalities utilized by medical professionals and radiologists to study the form of the brain and its related areas. Your doctor may consider neuroimaging to be appropriate in the evaluation of the:
- cervical spine
- thoracic spine
- lumbar spine
- temporal bone
In addition, Capitol Imaging Services offers specialized neuroimaging studies that use quantitative analysis to further investigate neurological issues. The first, NeuroQuant®, is an MRI technique that segments and measures volumes of the hippocampus, ventricles and other brain structures and compares these volumes to normal volume measurements, 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.
The second, CereScan®, may be recommended when it is considered necessary to examine the function of the brain via nuclear medicine. 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 will measure up to 160 individual regions of the brain.
This analysis, similar to NeuroQuant, drives objective medicine and more accurate patient outcomes.
People receiving recommendations from their medical providers for these types of neurological imaging exams no longer have to be limited to a hospital or medical center as their only choices for testing. Capitol Imaging Services has continued its commitment to the latest in advanced radiology studies that are often requested by physician subspecialists.
CIS is the leader in independent outpatient neuroimaging studies performed in the Gulf South. Our portfolio of neuroimaging services includes ultra-high field MRI, ultra-low dose CT and nuclear medicine technology combined with radiology subspecialists in neuroradiology and MRI.