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Neuroradiology

Neuroradiology is imaging of the brain, spine, neck, as well as the vessels in these locations to diagnose disorders caused by stroke, tumors, infection, inflammatory processes, as well as many more. Imaging modalities of Neuroradiology imaging include X-ray, CT, MRI, and ultrasound. In addition to imaging, Neuroradiologists also perform minimally invasive procedures to aid in imaging such as myelograms or diagnosis with lumbar punctures.  Edward Hospital has earned the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification which represents the highest level of competence for the treatment of stroke events. Our Radiologists work very closely with the Neurologists, Neuro-Interventionalists, and Emergency Physicians to provide the highest care possible. In addition, our Neuroradiologists play a key role in Neuro-tumor and Neuro-Vascular multidisciplinary conferences. This allows different specialties to work together to create the optimal follow-up or treatment plan.  Naperville Radiologists have experienced Board-Certified Neuroradiologists. 

Neuroradiology Procedures

CT Brain

Computed Tomography (CT) of the brain is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your brain, skull, and sinuses.  There are numerous reasons why a CT of the brain can be required such as headache, dizziness, evaluation for bleed/mass or a stroke to name a few.  The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting CT. If you and your physician think you are in need of a CT brain and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


CT Internal Auditory Canal (IAC)

Computed Tomography (CT) of the internal auditory canal (IAC) is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your internal auditory canals.  There are numerous reasons why a CT of the IAC can be required such as injury, infection, hearing issues, or masses to name a few.  The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting CT. If you and your physician think you are in need of a CT IAC and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


CT Soft Tissue Neck

Computed Tomography (CT) of the soft tissue neck is a non-invasive imaging modality to view evaluate the soft tissues of your neck including your lymph nodes, bones, salivary glands, blood vessels, and airway.  There are numerous reasons why a CT of the soft tissue can be required such as injury, infection, swelling, or masses to name a few.  The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting CT. If you and your physician think you are in need of a CT of the soft tissue neck and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


CT Sinus

Computed Tomography (CT) of the sinuses is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your facial sinuses  There are numerous reasons why a CT of the sinuses can be required such as injury, infection, pain, headaches, or masses to name a few.  The examination is typically utilized without contrast material. Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting CT. If you and your physician think you are in need of a CT of the sinuses and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


CT Spine (Cervical, Thoracic, or Lumbar)

Computed Tomography (CT) of the spine is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), and lumbar (lower back) spine.  There are numerous reasons why a CT of the spine can be required such as injury, pain, infection, or masses to name a few.  The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting CT. If you and your physician think you are in need of this examination and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


CT Temporal Bones

Computed Tomography (CT) of the temporal bones is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your internal auditory canals.  There are numerous reasons why a CT of the temporal bones can be required such as injury, infection, hearing issues, or masses to name a few.  The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting CT. If you and your physician think you are in need of a CT IAC and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


CT Angiography (CTA) of the Head/and or Neck

Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) of the head and/or neck is a non-invasive imaging modality to better analyze the arteries of your neck and brain.  There are numerous reasons why a CTA can be required such as injury, dissection, aneurysms, or stenosis/plaque within your arteries. The examination is completed with the injection of intravenous contrast. Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting CTA. If you and your physician think you are in need of a CTA of the head and/or neck and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


CT Venogram (CTV) of the Head

Computed Tomography Venogram (CTV) of the head is a non-invasive imaging modality to analyze the veins in your head.  There are numerous reasons why a CT venogram can be required such as headache, clot/thrombus in your veins, elevated intracranial pressure, or narrowing/stenosis to name a few.  The examination is completed with the injection of intravenous contrast. Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting CT. If you and your physician think you are in need of a CT IAC and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


Functional MRI

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (Functional MRI) is an imaging modality which measures the activity of the brain by identifying changes with blood flow. The basis of this is that the brain’s neural activity increased in a certain area, the MR signal is also increased. Functional MRI can also examine the brain’s functional anatomy. This examination can be used for various reasons including identifying the effects of a stroke or mapping for brain surgery. If you and your physician think you are in need of a Functional MRI and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


Lumbar Puncture

A lumbar puncture is often performed on an outpatient basis.  The goal of the procedure is most commonly to obtain cerebral spinal fluid for testing. The patient will lie face down on an x-ray table. The x-ray images will guide the radiologist where to place the small needle in the lower back.  A local anesthetic is injected into your lower back to numb the puncture area before the needle is placed. The local anesthetic will sting for a few seconds. The needle is then placed into the thecal sac to obtain the cerebral spinal fluid. After the needle is removed a small bandage is placed. The procedure usually takes about 45 minutes. The patient will lie down after the procedure. If you and your physician think you are in need of a lumbar puncture and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MR Angiography (MRA) of the Head and/or Neck

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) of the head and/or neck is a non-invasive imaging modality to better analyze the arteries of your neck and brain.  There are numerous reasons why a MRA can be required such as injury, dissection, aneurysms, or stenosis/plaque within your arteries. The examination can be completed with or without the injection of intravenous contrast. The benefits of MRA over conventional angiogram is the speed of the exam and no catheters within arteries are required. Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRA. If you and your physician think you are in need of a MRA of the head and/or neck and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MR Angiography (MRA) of the Head/Neck with Vessel Wall Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) of the head and/or neck is a non-invasive imaging modality to better analyze the arteries of your neck with more in depth imaging of the vessel walls.  Imaging of the vessel wall can be utilized to better identify vessel narrowing from either atherosclerosis or vasculitis and better characterize dissections. This examination is completed after the injection of intravenous contrast. Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRA with vessel wall imaging. If you and your physician think you are in need of a CTA of the head and/or neck and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MRI Brain (with or without contrast)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your brain and sinuses.  There are numerous reasons why an MR of the brain can be required such as headache, dizziness, evaluation for bleed/mass or a stroke to name a few.  The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRI of the brain. If you and your physician think you are in need of a MRI of the brain and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MRI Brain with Perfusion

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain with perfusion is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your brain and sinuses.  There are numerous reasons why an MR of the brain can be required such as headache, dizziness, evaluation for bleed/mass or a stroke to name a few. The perfusion component of the examination adds the capability of better assessing brain tumors and strokes.  The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRI of the brain with perfusion. If you and your physician think you are in need of this examination and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MRI Chiari I Imaging with CSF Flow Analysis

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a form of imaging that does not utilize radiation. MRI is an imaging modality that can definitively diagnose a Chiari I malformation (where the cerebellar tonsils are extended inferior to the foramen magnum). In addition to identifying the location of the cerebellar tonsils, characterization of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) spaces as well as evaluation of spinal cord can be made. CSF flow analysis allows the Radiologist to identify if the Chiari malformation is causing reducing flow at the cervicomedullary junction (foramen magnum). If you and your physician think you are a candidate for a MRI Chiari imaging with CSF Flow Analysis and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MRI Face

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the face is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your sinuses and the soft tissues of the face.  There are numerous reasons why an MR of the face can be required such as evaluation for tumors, sinus disease and infections. The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRI of the face. If you and your physician think you are in need of this examination and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MRI Internal Auditory Canal (IAC)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the internal auditory canal (IAC) is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your internal auditory canals.  There are numerous reasons why an MRI of the IAC can be required such as injury, infection, hearing issues, or masses to name a few.  The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRI of the IAC. If you and your physician think you are in need of a MRI IAC and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MRI Orbits

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Orbits is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your orbits and adjacent structures.  There are numerous reasons why an MR of the orbits can be required such as vision loss, infection, proptosis, or muscle issues. The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRI of the orbits. If you and your physician think you are in need of this examination and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MRI Pineal Gland

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Orbits is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your pineal gland which allows evaluation for pineal cysts or masses. Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRI of the Pineal gland. If you and your physician think you are in need of this examination and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MRI Pituitary

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Orbits is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your orbits and adjacent structures.  There are numerous reasons why an MR of the orbits can be required such as vision loss, infection, proptosis, or muscle issues. The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRI of the orbits. If you and your physician think you are in need of this examination and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MRI Skull Base/Trigeminal Nerves

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Orbits is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your orbits and adjacent structures.  There are numerous reasons why an MR of the orbits can be required such as neuralgia and evaluation of tumors, metastases, or other lesions such as schwannoma. The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRI of the skull base/trigeminal nerve. If you and your physician think you are in need of this examination and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MRI Spine (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar – with or without contrast)

Magnetic Resonance (MR) of the spine is a non-invasive imaging modality to view your cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), and lumbar (lower back) spine.  There are numerous reasons why a MR of the spine can be required such as injury, pain, infection, or masses to name a few. The advantage of MR over CT is better imaging of the discs, spinal cord, thecal sac, and soft tissues around the spine. The examination can be utilized without contrast material or with intravenous contrast depending on the symptoms and what your physician is looking for.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting spine MRI. If you and your physician think you are in need of this examination and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


MR Venogram (MRV) Head

Magnetic Resonance Venogram (MRV) of the head is a non-invasive imaging modality to analyze the veins in your head.  There are numerous reasons why an MR venogram can be required such as headache, clot/thrombus in your veins, elevated intracranial pressure, or narrowing/stenosis.  The examination is completed with or without the injection of intravenous contrast. Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting MRV. If you and your physician think you are in need of this examination and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


Myelogram

A CT myelogram is usually done as an outpatient. The patient will lie face down on an x-ray table. The x-ray allows the radiologist to see the bony structures and inject the contrast material into the thecal sac. The table may be tilted and the patient may be asked to move into different positions to ensure the contrast material is in the appropriate location. The patient will then be taken to the CT scanner for further imaging.  The myelography portion of the examination is usually completed within 30 to 60 minutes. A CT scan will add another 15 to 30 minutes to the visit. A CT scan is an excellent test for assessing bony findings such as spondylolysis, scoliosis, or fracture. CT imaging is also useful to see spinal hardware. The contrast within the thecal sac aids the radiologist to see spinal canal narrowing and the neural foramina. If you and your physician think you are a candidate for a myelogram and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.


Ultrasound Transcranial Dopplers

Ultrasound Transcranial Dopplers is a non-invasive imaging modality to view the velocities of the arteries within your brain. There are various reasons why an ultrasound can be required, such as evaluating for patency of the vessel or determining if there is narrowing or vasospasm within the artery.  The benefit of ultrasound over CT is the lack of radiation.  Naperville Radiologists have Board-Certified Radiologists who have extensive experience in interpreting transcranial Doppler ultrasounds. If you and your physician think you are in need of this examination and you have an order from your physician, please call Edward-Elmhurst Central Scheduling to schedule with Naperville Radiology at Edward Hospital at (630) 527-3200.