Neurological radiology

Neurological radiology is a procedure that involves the different ways in assessing a patient’s brain or neurological pathways.

Neuro imaging techniques allow radiologists to view the activity of the human brain, diagnosing any problems they may find without using invasive neurosurgery.

At Hadley Wood Hospital our imaging department allows us to offer a range of services to patients, our radiologists are professionally trained with many years experience therefore can offer the most appropriate advice to our patients form diagnosis to treatment, tailoring each service to their needs.

Neurological imaging primarily utilises cross sectional imaging such as CT and MRI, However there are a number of safe imaging techniques in use today in research facilities and hospitals throughout the world.

Neurological imaging diagnostics

CT scans – (also referred to as CAT scans) involve producing detailed images of the structures within the human body which include the bones, blood vessels and internal organs. They are used diagnose many different conditions such as bone injuries, blood flow issues and gastrointestinal issues as well as strokes and cancer. During your scan you will lay flat on your back on a bed that will pass through the scanner which rotates around your body as you pass through it. Unlike other scanning methods a CT scanner does not surround your whole body. The scan will usually last around 10-20 minutes.

MRI – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic scan that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to develop comprehensive images of the inside of a patients body. The MRI scanner is a tube that has powerful magnets inside, the patient will lay flat whilst the scanner works to produce the imagery. It can be used used to examine most parts of the body including the brain and spinal chord, bones and joints, heart and blood vessels along with internal organs.

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