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Winchester Medical Center offers many advanced state of the art imaging technologies to assist in diagnosing and treating conditions of the brain and spine. Many of our neurologists and neurosurgeons specialize in the performance and interpretation of neuroimaging through fellowship training.

Neuroimaging diagnostic tests include:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Computed tomography (CT) angiogram
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA): a test that uses MRI technology to examine blood vessels in the brain and neck. May be performed with or without contrast material.
  • Functional MRI: the use of MRI technology to learn which regions of the brain are active in a specific function, as in speech. This technique is especially useful to a neurosurgeon when planning surgery to remove a brain tumor or other lesion.
  • Single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT): a type of nuclear imaging test using a radioactive substance and special camera to create 3-D pictures which allows the doctor to analyze the function of the brain. This scan is especially helpful in determining which parts of the brain are being affected by seizures.
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