Types of Neurological Tests
Neurological tests can be the difference between success and failure in many cases. Through a variety of neurological testing, we’re able to determine what’s occurring within your brain and have you back to health as soon as possible. Without some of these test, we’d be unable to do our job as neurosurgeons. We’re very grateful for the advancement in medical treatment, yet especially within our field of neurosurgery and neurological evaluation.
- CT Scan: This test provides a great look into what is exactly going on within your brain. CT scans are medically known as computed tomography scans or CAT scans in some instances. These scans produce images of the body where we’re able to see how a certain condition is affecting you from the inside out. In general, CT scans are much more detailed than traditional x-ray examinations.
- EEG: An electroencephalogram is an advanced test where the brain’s continuous electrical activity is monitored with electrodes attached to the scalp. This test helps us determine if there are issues with the brain itself and the way it sends signals.
- MRI: A magnetic resonance imaging test literally utilizes large magnets combined with radio frequencies and computerized technology to provide extremely detailed imagery of the brain and other major organs of the body.
- EMG (Electromyography) & NCV (Nerve Conduction Velocity): These tests are commonly known as electrodiagnostic tests. These tests help us determine how your muscles and motor neurons are responding to certain stimuli in the form of electrical activity. From there, your muscle response is recorded and evaluated.
- PET: Positron Emission Tomography is a procedure which measures the metabolic activity of the cells within your body.
- Angiogram: Sometimes referred to as an arteriogram, is an x-ray of your arteries and veins which detects blockages and/or narrowing of the vessels. This test can help us pinpoint root causes of conditions when evaluated properly.
- Spinal Tap:Sometimes referred to as a lumbar puncture, is a procedure where a specialized needle is placed into the spine amongst the lower back area. From there, the pressure within the spinal canal is measured. A small amount of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) can be gathered and sent off to a lab for further testing to determine if there is an underlying infection. CSF is the fluid which coats the brain and spinal cord.
- “Evoked Potentials” Test: A test which provides feedback on the brain’s electrical response to certain visual, auditory, and sensory stimulation and cues.
- Myelogram: This procedure utilizes dye injected within the spinal canal to allow for further visibility and insight into what’s affected when reviewing a spinal x-ray.
- Neurosonography: A neurosonography utilizes high-frequency sound waves to allow us to analyze blood flow patterns where the patient may have had a stroke.
- Ultrasound (also called sonography). A diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues, and organs. Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs as they function, and to assess blood flow through various vessels.
- Ultrasound: Ultrasound technology allows us to create imagery of vital components of your body such as blood vessels, tissues, and organs. It also provides us real-time evaluation as the organ itself is functioning. This is truly valuable information in many cases.
Choosing Neurosurgery & Spine Consultants for Your Neurological Testing
If you’ve been seeking an excellent neurosurgery center to have your neurological testing performed at, you’ve found the right palace. Here at neurosurgery & Spine Consultants, we have the facilities, staff, doctors, technology, and expertise to have you back on track to health as soon as possible. Feel free to contact us using the form on this page and we’ll be sure to reach out to you to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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