X-rays and other imaging tests have become almost commonplace. The name neuroradiology or neuroimaging implies that it helps physicians diagnose abnormalities of the brain, spine, head and neck. Let’s define in detail what is neuroradiology.
Let’s Begin With A Neuroradiologist
A neuroradiologist is a highly specialized radiologist who assists with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the brain, head, neck, and spine. Neuroradiology is a sub especially of radiology.
Their job entails the following:
- Choosing the correct imaging tests to understand and interpret a disorder
- Interpreting X-rays, MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), CT scans (computed tomography) scans of the brain, spine, spinal cord, neck, and peripheral nerves
- Diagnosing strokes, tumors, genetic conditions, aneurysms, Alzheimer’s Disease and other disorders at an early stage
- Performing minimally invasive procedures for compression fractures of the spine, arteriovenous malfunctions, and brain aneurysms.
Common Neuroradiology Tests
Neuroradiology tests are painless, non-invasive, and produce high resolution images. The most common ones include a CAT scan and an MRI, and you are probably familiar with them. They give radiologists and other doctors layer by layer images of the inside of your body.
An MRI uses magnetic resonance. The patient is placed inside a large piece of equipment, and unless you have problems with claustrophobia, this test is completely painless.
A CT or CAT scan produces wafer thin images to help doctors diagnose cancer and other conditions.
Both of these tests can diagnose issues with your central nervous system, and they give doctors and the patient the information needed to decide on the best treatment plan.
Benefits Of Neuroradiology Tests
The discovery of X-rays and other imaging tests have revolutionized medicine and improved diagnosis.
Some of the benefits of using neuroradiology tests include the following:
- They help determine if surgery is needed
- Reduce the need for exploratory surgery
- Reduce the length of hospital stays
- Improve cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Help to guide treatments for injuries, cardiac disease, and strokes
- Reduced risks compared to surgery
- Help manage whether treatments are working
In addition, these tests are interpreted and delivered quickly allowing for early interventions and treatments.