Neuroimaging for Headache Sufferers in New York: MRI Brain NYC

POSTED ON TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013 AT 10:22 AM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

If you suffer from headaches, you may find that the summer months in New York City have you reaching for an icepack more often than usual. With temperatures rising, certain ailments seem to intensify. It is estimated that there are 300 million headache sufferers around the world. Headaches come in many forms and from many different triggers depending on the individual. The increasing temperatures can bring about the throbbing, mind numbing, jaw clenching pain for many.

The following are summer triggers that sufferers should be mindful of in order to minimize the effects of the summer season on your headache episodes this year:

  • Level of Hydration- Dehydration from spending too much time in the heat without sufficient fluid intake can bring the onset of headaches in susceptible people. It is always essential to be mindful of your fluid intake, especially if you fall victim to the debilitating effects of warm weather migraines.
  • Weather- Bright sunlight can be a common trigger of migraines. Be sure to wear sunglasses or other eye protection when you must spend extended periods of time in the bright rays, if sunlight is a trigger for you. In addition, changes in weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, humidity and wind may be triggers. Research suggests that even air pollutants or seasonal allergies can trigger headaches.
  • Lack of Sleep- The daylight hours are longer during the summer and this can unintentionally throw off our sleep patterns. Not getting a good night’s rest is a headache trigger for some sufferers. One way some people find relief from migraines is by sticking to a routine. Changes in your daily schedule, including sleep patterns, caffeine consumption, even summer vacations can bring about headache pain for some sufferers.

“Before treating headaches many patients will have an MRI of the brain to exclude a brain mass or other underlying cause of their headache.” -Dr. Daniel J. Masri, Neuroradiologist, Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C.A new study suggests that migraines may stem from an abnormality in the brain which can be discovered through the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that is either present from birth or develops over time. You can read the full article here.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. we offer headache sufferers piece of mind through the use of the latest technological advancements in the field of radiology coupled with our team of experts, including Dr. Paul B. Rolen and Dr. Daniel J. Masri, two highly specialized radiologists that both hold Certificates of Added Qualification in neuroradiology. A neuroradiologist is a highly specialized medical doctor that has additional training in neuoradiology, a sub-specialty of radiology focusing on the diagnosis and characterization of abnormalities of the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, and head and neck using neuroimaging techniques.

The highest quality equipment is used in our Upper East Side, NYC private radiology facility to rule out other possible causes of your migraine symptoms. Some procedures your physician may recommend include:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - Park Avenue Radiologists is proud to offer patients the comfort and quality of an Open 1.5 Tesla MRI in NYC. It provides the maximum openness and patient comfort without compromising clinical results. MRI technology produces extremely detailed images of body tissue, organs and bones without the need for radiation. Electromagnetic energy is released when exposing a patient to radio waves in a strong magnetic field which is then measured and analyzed by a computer producing two and three dimensional images.
  • Computed Tomography Scan (CT or CAT scan) - A CT scan is an x-ray that produces computer images of a particular body part and helps diagnose conditions a regular X-Ray cannot or previously required exploratory surgery.

Some migraines may require urgent medical attention including hospitalization for observation or even surgery. Treatment is individualized depending on the frequency and severity of symptoms. Migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches are just a few of the types of painful headaches that can have a significant impact on your daily life.

If your headaches are disabling or you are unable to get adequate relief from home treatments, see your physician to determine if you require medical imaging at Park Avenue Radiologists.

To schedule your radiology exam today, call 212-888-1000 or schedule online.


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