To allow our patients the added convenience of receiving test results in hours, rather than days or weeks, the Center for Neurosciences houses a comprehensive, fully-accredited imaging center. The Imaging Center includes state-of-the-art MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), CT (Computed Tomography), diagnostic digital x-ray and fluoroscopy technology.
When you arrive for an MRI, CT, x-ray or fluoroscopy, you may be asked to change into a gown and to remove eyeglasses, jewelry or any metal objects that would interfere with the images. None of these imaging techniques causes any discomfort.
MRI scans allow our physicians to see detailed images of the body’s internal organs. MRIs produce images using magnetic waves (radiofrequency waves) instead of radiation.
One of our technologists will help you to prepare for an MRI and will answer any questions you may have before beginning the scan. Depending on the type of MRI scan, we may need to use a contrast agent, which is a liquid that is injected through an IV to help us read the scan better.
During the scan you will lie on a padded table that will be moved into the tube-like MRI machine. The machine will use radio waves to capture images of your brain or spinal cord from various angles. To make the experience as relaxing as possible, you can listen to music while undergoing the scan. The only rule during an MRI is that you must lie completely still otherwise, the image may be blurry and the scan may have to be repeated.
The CT scan produces a series of images and can detect many conditions that do not show up on conventional x-rays. Your physician may order this examination to help make an accurate diagnosis of your condition.
During the scan, a thin beam of x-rays is focused on a specific part of your body, such as the head or spine. The x-ray tube moves rapidly around this site, enabling multiple images to be made from different angles to create cross-sectional pictures.
Diagnostic Digital X-Ray
Digital x-rays use digital sensors to capture images rather than traditional photographic film. This allows for clearer images and quicker results because there is no need to develop film. Additionally, digital x-rays allow our physicians to zoom in on certain parts of the image to get a better look at areas of interest.
Fluoroscopy is a way to obtain real-time moving images of the internal organs of the body. Fluoroscopy is often used to diagnose and monitor problems like degenerative joint disease.
Because fluoroscopy provides especially good images of bone and intravertebral joints and spaces, the technique is typically used by our Interventional Pain Management Specialist. Fluoroscopy allows us to capture images before, during and after the injection of pain medication or steroids into the spine. This ensures we are hitting the precise point that will alleviate the pain.