Experts at Carle Neuroscience Institute use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose illnesses or conditions thought to be based in the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves).
Common symptoms of nervous system disorders include:
- Hearing and vision changes
- Numbness and tingling
- Seizures or tremors
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Memory changes
Common neurodiagnostic tests include:
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Monitors brain activity through the skull. Used to help diagnose seizure disorders and can be helpful in evaluating structural (brain tumors, head injuries, inflammation of the brain) and metabolic and degenerative disorders that affect the brain.
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Used to diagnose nerve and muscle dysfunction.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Scan
- Uses computer-generated radio waves and a powerful magnetic field to produce detailed images of body structures including brain and spinal cord.
- Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
- Noninvasive imaging process used to produce rapid, clear images of the brain and spine.
- Cerebral angiogram
- Using CT or MRI technology can detect the degree of narrowing or obstruction of an artery or blood vessel in the brain, head, or neck. It is used to diagnose stroke and to determine the location and size of a brain tumor, aneurysm, or vascular malformation.
- Positron emission tomography (PET) Scan
- Provides two- and three-dimensional pictures of metabolic brain activity by measuring radioactive isotopes that are injected into the bloodstream.
- Evoked Potentials (EP)
- Measure the electrical signals to the brain generated by hearing, touch, or sight. Used to assess sensory nerve problems and can be helpful in evaluating neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, acoustic neuroma (small tumors of the inner ear), and spinal cord injury.
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Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke