What kinds of imaging tests do neuroradiologists perform?
Neuroradiologists use the full range of imaging techniques, including:
- computerized tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan)This technique uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices), both horizontally and vertically, of the body. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays.
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)- This procedure uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
- positron emission tomography (PET)- Like a CT or an MRI, the PET provides images of your child's body, but with a big difference—a PET shows the chemical and functional changes within her body. Since these changes often occur before physical changes, this can be a useful tool for early detection.
- myelography- this is a diagnostic procedure that checks for abnormalities in the spinal cord. It can pick up things that a CT or an MRI might not, and is often performed in conjunction with a CT.
- angiography - An angiogram is type of x-ray image which takes precise pictures of the arteries and veins (blood vessels) in a specific organ or body part