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Neurology Tests and Procedures

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

    CT scans of the brain can provide detailed information about brain tissue and brain structures than standard x-rays of the head, thus providing more information related to injuries and/or diseases of the brain.

  • 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.

  • Craniotomy

    A craniotomy is the surgical removal of part of the bone from the skull to expose the brain.

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)

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

  • Gamma Knife

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

  • Lumbar Puncture (LP)

    A lumbar puncture (LP), also known as a spinal tap, is a diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedure used to remove a small amount of cerebrospinal fluid for examination and diagnosis of various disorders.

  • 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 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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