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Neurology Tests and Procedures

  • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Brain

    Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body. A CT scan shows details of the bones, muscles, fat, and organs.

  • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Spine

    Computed tomography is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body. A CT scan shows details of the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than standard X-rays.

  • Craniotomy

    A craniotomy is the surgical removal of part of the bone from the skull to expose the brain for surgery. The surgeon uses specialized tools to remove the section of bone (the bone flap). After the brain surgery, the surgeon replaces the bone flap.

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)

    An EEG is a procedure that detects abnormalities in your brain waves, or in the electrical activity of your brain.

  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

    Gamma Knife uses very precise beams of gamma rays to treat an area of disease (lesion) or growth (tumor). It’s most often used in the brain.

  • Lumbar Puncture

    A lumbar puncture (LP) or spinal tap may be done to diagnose or treat a condition.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain

    MRI may be used to examine the brain and/or spinal cord for injuries or the presence of structural abnormalities or certain other conditions, including tumors or aneurysms.

  • X-rays of the Skull

    X-rays use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to make images of internal tissues, bones, and organs on film. Standard X-rays are done for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries.