Capitol Imaging Services offers NeuroQuant® for fast, accurate and proven automated brain image analysis as part of a routine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain.
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. A specific report is generated, giving the radiologist and your medical provider more visual and quantitative information in addition to your regular MRI scan findings.
NeuroQuant provides these quantitative measurements from MRI brain studies that can be used in conjunction with other clinical findings as part of a clinical assessment. NeuroQuant provides valuable, enriching, quantitative data on brain structures, providing supportive information to physicians to aid in their clinical treatment planning and disease progression monitoring of patients with neurodegenerative conditions.
Most insurances do not cover NeuroQuant as part of a brain MRI. Testing may result in an out-of-pocket expense.
When would I get a NeuroQuant Volumetric MRI?
NeuroQuant may be determined to be appropriate by a medical provider to assist in further assessing neurological conditions and neurodegenerative diseases such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Traumatic brain injury
NeuroQuant is an exciting development for uncovering evidence of brain injury in patients with mild to moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Most people with mild to moderate TBI have normal CT and MRI test results. The NeuroQuant technology is designed to accelerate brain injury analysis and allow medical providers more time to focus on their patients.
What Will I Experience?
For the patient, a NeuroQuant exam is an additional analysis that can be included in a brain MRI exam. NeuroQuant is usually performed without the use of a contrast dye.
MRI exams are painless. However, some patients find it challenging to remain still. Others may feel closed-in (claustrophobia) while in a conventional closed MRI scanner. The scanner can be noisy. Nervous or anxious patients may be offered a mild sedative.
A patient may also ask their medical provider to prescribe a mild sedative to take before the exam. If a mild sedative is taken, the patient will need to have someone drive them to our center and take them home once the exam is done.
It is normal for the area of your body being imaged to feel slightly warm. It is important that you remain perfectly still while the images are being recorded, which is typically only a few seconds to a few minutes at a time. You will know when images are being recorded because you will hear tapping or thumping sounds when the coils that generate the radiofrequency pulses are activated. You will be able to relax between imaging sequences, but will be asked to maintain your position as much as possible.
You will usually be alone in the exam room during the MRI procedure. However, the technologist will be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times using a two-way intercom.
You will be offered earplugs or a headset to reduce the noise of the MRI, which produces loud thumping and humming noises during imaging. MRI scanners are air-conditioned and well-lit. Some of our scanners have music you can listen to during the test.
Most MRI scans of the brain with NeuroQuant will last approximately 45-60 minutes.