Neuroradiology is a medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis
and treatment of the brain, head and neck, spine and vascular lesions
using x-rays, magnetic fields, and ultrasound. These forms of energy are
harnessed with machines such as the CT scanner, magnetic resonance
imaging scanner and ultrasound machines. Neuroradiologists are
physicians who have specialized training in diagnosing and treating
diseases of the brain, head and neck, and spine.
Beaumont Hospital's Neuroradiology division operates nine MRI
scanners, 12 multi-slice CT scanners, and five angiography rooms of
which two are bi-plane. Our division is fully digital and operates at
the hospitals and imaging centers.
Beaumont's Neuroradiology division works closely with the divisions
of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery,
Vascular surgery and Orthopaedics. Neuroradiology specialists use
digital angiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed
tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), and ultrasound
(US), as well as plain x-rays, to study the brain, head and neck, and
spine in their search for neurological diseases.
Beaumont's Neuroradiology division consists of a diagnostic imaging
section and an interventional therapeutic section. Beaumont's Diagnostic
Neuroradiology section deals with the diagnosis of many disorders,
including the brain, spinal cord, head and neck.
The Interventional Neuroradiology section provides special
procedures to aid in the treatment of neurovascular head and spine
abnormalities. The use of these various procedural and imaging
modalities aids in the accurate diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Interventional Neuroradiology is a minimally-invasive approach to
the treatment of vascular diseases of the central nervous system and
spine. At Beaumont, we perform many procedures designed to treat
endovascular diseases and conditions. Emergency consultation is
available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Aneurysms, vascular
malformations, stenoses and tumors of the brain, head and neck, used to
require surgical intervention but today's technology allows
consideration for endovascular treatment approaches to reach the lesion.
Interventional techniques, such as thrombolysis, are useful in the
management of patients with acute ischemic stroke. Many disease
processes of the spine may also be treated utilizing percutaneous
techniques. These image-guided therapies allow treatment of previously
untreatable or difficult to access lesions.
Physicians provide clinic appointments and are on-call for
emergencies 24 hours a day and work in collaboration with the
Neurosurgery and Neurology Divisions at Beaumont Hospital to insure
patients receive optimal treatment planning and therapy.