Neurological & Spinal Imaging
Neurological imaging and spinal imaging are useful diagnostic tools that can help assess pain, injury, or structural abnormalities in the brain and spine. Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists can accurately assess the health of your brain and spine through MRI scans and CAT scans. These forms of medical imaging provide detailed, in-depth images of your brain and spine to determine the cause of pain, diagnose medical conditions, or determine the extent of damage after an injury or trauma.
What is neurological and spinal imaging?
Neurological and spinal imaging include the use of CAT scans and MRI scans. CAT scans (computerized axial tomography), also known as CT scans (computerized tomography), produce multiple cross-sectional images of your brain and spine. These cross-sectional photos of your body can then be combined to create a three-dimensional representation of your brain and spine. CT scans are more detailed than traditional X-ray scans; however, MRI scans are an even more detailed imaging technique that uses magnetic resonance imaging to accurately diagnose various neurological and spinal diseases.
- MRI may also be used to diagnose neurologic disorders and injuries such as
- Congenital abnormalities
- Venous malformations
- Bleeding into the brain or spinal cord
- Multiple sclerosis
- Hydrocephalus (fluid in the brain)
- Disorders of the eye and inner ear
- Disorders of pituitary gland
- Herniation or degeneration of discs of the spinal cord
- The integrity of the spinal cord after trauma
What can neurological and spinal imaging help diagnose?
Neurological and spinal imaging with the use of CAT scans and MRI scans can help diagnose the presence of tumors, abscesses, or congenital abnormalities. Venous malformations (vein anomalies), pituitary gland disorders, and conditions of the inner ear and eye can also be addressed with neurological imaging. MRI machines are sensitive enough to detect signs of an aneurysm, stroke, or fluid in the brain.
Spinal imaging is often used to evaluate multiple sclerosis, spinal herniation, or degeneration of the spinal cord or spinal discs. Neurological imaging and spinal imaging can also detect related medical conditions that affect more than one part of the body, such as Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia (a brain malformation that causes fluid-filled cysts to form along the spine). Neurological and spinal imaging can be used as a preventive tool or following neurological events, such as stroke or aneurysm to monitor your current health.
What can I expect from neurological and spinal imaging?
To begin your neurological or spinal imaging exam, you will lie down on a table. You will then enter an MRI machine or a CAT scan machine. In cases of a brain or spine MRI scan, you will enter the spacious MRI machine and then stay there for thirty to sixty minutes. You will be able to speak to a member of our staff through a built-in speaker. You will also be allowed to bring your own music to listen to during your MRI scan. On the other hand, during a CAT scan, you may enter and exit the CT machine multiple times so that our radiologists are able to obtain more accurate, clear images. Additionally, our radiologists may request that you lie in a specific position or hold your breath during a CT scan to obtain the best images possible.
How long does spinal imaging take, & when will I get my results?
Neurological imaging and spinal imaging scans can vary depending on what you are having evaluated and what scan you are undergoing. CAT scans of the brain or spine may be completed in just fifteen to thirty minutes. On the other hand, brain or spine MRI scans can last from thirty to sixty minutes or longer. Additionally, if your neurological or spinal imaging requires the use of contrast fluid, this may add up to fifteen minutes to the total length of your procedure. While some CAT scan results can be interpreted in just one day, some MRI scans may require more time to evaluate. As soon as your radiology results are available, we will contact your physician.
How can I learn more about neurological and spinal imaging?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss neurological and spinal imaging with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request an appointment online.