Neurology Tests and Procedures

  1. Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Brain

    Detailed information on computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan of the brain, including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, after care, and an anatomical illustration of the brain

  2. Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Spine

    A CT scan of the spine may be performed to assess the spine for a herniated disk, tumors and other lesions, the extent of injuries, structural anomalies such as spina bifida, blood vessel malformations, or other conditions.

  3. Craniotomy

    Detailed information on craniotomy, including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, after care, an anatomical illustration of the anatomy of the brain, and an illustration of an example of a craniotomy procedure

  4. Electroencephalogram (EEG)

    The EEG is used to evaluate several types of brain disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, certain psychoses, and certain sleep disorders.

  5. Gamma Knife

    Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses beams of highly focused gamma rays to treat small- to medium-sized lesions, usually in the brain.

  6. Lumbar Puncture (LP)

    Detailed information on lumbar puncture, including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, after care, and an anatomical illustration of the spine and the lumbar puncture procedure

  7. 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.

  8. X-rays of the Skull

    X-rays of the skull may be performed to diagnose fractures of the bones of the skull, birth defects, tumors, and certain disorders that cause bone defects of the skull. Skull X-rays may also be used to evaluate the nasal sinuses and detect calcifications within the brain.

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