The brain and brain stem/spinal cord comprise a complicated network, and injury, disease and anomalies in these tissues can create a variety of mysterious symptoms including changes in vision or memory, chronic headache and head pain, vertigo, loss of equilibrium, physical dysfunction, tremors, even paralysis.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a painless, radiation-free diagnostic scan that can look deeply into brain tissues to discover brain and neurological issues including injury, irregularities, stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis and other degenerative diseases, tumors, inflammation, infection, abscesses, aneurysm, hemorrhage and other bleeding problems, the cause of chronic headache, herniated spinal discs and more, so that effective treatment can begin. MRI produces images using a large magnet and radiofrequencies to capture images of the brain, brain stem and/or spine, which are sent to a specialized computer to produce detailed cross-sectional images, all without the use of ionizing radiation. In some cases, a contrast agent is first injected into a vein in the arm, where it travels into the area(s) being investigated to provide greater detail. A brain/spinal MRI can take from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the study.
RAO’s team of Board Certified neuroradiologists subspecialize in diagnosing diseases and disorders of the brain, brain stem, spinal cord, neck and central nervous system, read all MRI imaging results personally, and consult directly with your referring clinician whenever needed. RAO maintains ongoing accreditation from the American College of Radiology for high practice standards in accuracy, technology and safety, so you know you’re in good hands. And when you’re dealing with neurological mysteries, that can be especially important.
RAO offers advanced brain and spinal cord MRI services at our Medical Imaging Center and Medical Imaging Center at Windsor Oaks, and open MRI at our TimberRidge Imaging Center.