The Division of Neuroradiology, part of the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan Health System, offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for imaging the nervous system, spine, and the head and neck. Last year, we performed more than 28,000 CT exams, 26,000 MRI exams, and 1,500 neuroangiography and spine procedures, which are read and interpreted by board-certified, fellowship-trained experts, who specialize in this type of radiology.
Our cutting-edge technology includes:
- Neuroangiography (uses x-ray and injected dye to view the vessels in the brain)
- Myelography (uses x-ray and injected dye to view the spinal cord and nerve roots)
- MRI and 3T MRI (3T MRI is faster, quieter and shows far more detailed images)
- CT/CAT scan (uses x-ray to show a cross-sectional view of organs in the body)
Our advanced 4,500-square-foot neuroangiography suite increases our capability to perform minimally invasive procedures. Those procedures include the embolization (cut off of blood flow to shrink or block) of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (defects of the circulatory system, which usually form in the brain or spinal cord) and vascular tumors.
Using the cutting-edge 3T MRI allows us to diagnose and image neurological disorders, such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and stroke. Our neurosurgeons also use 3T MRI to map the brain before surgery to determine the areas of the brain involved in speech and movement, for example, in relation to the patient's tumor.
Our studies and protocols make sure our patients receive the lowest dose of radiation required for their study. And, having the very latest equipment allows for studies to be done quicker, which also lowers radiation exposure. We are also 100% digital, which means we are more efficient, can provide faster turnaround time getting reports back to physicians, and all medical personnel has access to the images.
We collaborate closely with the departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Otolaryngology (head, neck and throat) and Radiation Oncology. In fact, many of our faculty have joint appointments in these divisions. We participate in more than 20 multidisciplinary conferences per week, which includes tumor boards (weekly meeting of experts to review cases of individuals with newly diagnosed tumors).