Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather than X-Rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. This technique has proved very helpful to radiologists in diagnosing tumors of the brain as well as disorders of the eyes and the inner ear. MRI is the most sensitive exam for brain tumors, strokes and certain chronic disorders of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis. In addition, it is a useful means of documenting brain abnormalities in patients with dementia and it is commonly used for patients with disease of the pituitary gland. Gadolinium intravenous contrast is often given providing greater contrast between various tissues. The radiologists, who interpret the exams are board-certified and specialty trained in Neuroradiology.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head is performed for:
CSF Flow Analysis
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) flow imaging is used as an adjunct to our routine Magnetic Resonance Imaging brain examination. The CSF flow exam will assess normal and abnormal pathways of cerebral spinal fluid drainage (the fluid found in the spinal cord and around the brain). This has shown promise in the evaluation of various central nervous system abnormalities such as normal pressure hydrocephalus and Chiari malformations.
Susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI)
Susceptibility imaging is a cutting edge technology that uses imaging to detect new and old damage to the brain. The specialized technique allows our radiologists to identify lesions smaller than 1.0mm. It is particularly useful for detecting small areas of hemorrhage, even if they occurred many years ago. This is useful in the diagnosis and treatment of specific brain disorders, traumatic brain injuries and neurological conditions not necessarily visible with other techniques.