Neurology Tests and Procedures
Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Brain
Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is a diagnostic imagingtest that uses X-rays and computers to make horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan can make detailed pictures of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, blood vessels, and organs.
Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Spine
Computed tomography is an imaging test that uses X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body. It’s also called CT or CAT scan. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs.
A craniotomy is the surgical removal of part of the bone from the skull to expose the brain.
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.
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.