Neuroradiology focuses on nervous system abnormalities and vascular disorders, in particular those located in the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, head and neck.
What Imaging Procedures Might My Radiologist Use?
Your radiologist may use one or more imaging techniques, including X-rays, CT, MRI and angiography*, to diagnose or rule out a variety of conditions such as stroke, spinal disease, tumors and other abnormalities. Occasionally, fluoroscopy may be used alone or in conjunction with these important diagnostic procedures to offer additional necessary information for precise diagnosis.
Why am I Seeing a Neuro-Radiologist?
There are many conditions that bring patients to us. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Central nervous system tumors
- Neurological disorders
- Congenital anomalies
- Staging of Alzheimer’s disease
- Staging of multiple sclerosis
- Cancer staging
- Early state neurological dysfunction
- Spinal compression fractures
*What is Angiography?
Angiography is a technique that allows your radiologist to see inside your blood vessels, veins and heart chambers with the aid of injection of a contrast agent into the blood stream. The injection is usually performed under the guidance of imaging techniques such as X-rays, CT or MRI tools. An “angiograph” (also called “angiogram”) is produced which the doctor can read for diagnostic purposes. The contrasting agent allows your physician to see how blood is moving through the areas of interest, often the brain or spine.