Diagnostics and Treatments

Our team of specialists at the Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center is well-equipped to help our patients through any neurologic disorder.

We complement that expertise with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies, and one-of-a-kind resources such as the GammaKnife® Center for hard-to-treat brain tumors, the Center for Facial Pain, highest level of Trauma Center and more.

Advanced technology for advanced treatments

Our multidisciplinary team’s expertise is complemented by the very latest in diagnostics and treatments. We offer comprehensive resources including:

  • Specialized angiography suite
  • Dedicated neurosurgical ICU
  • Leading medical management protocols such as:
    • botulinum toxin injections
    • baclofen pump therapy for spasticity management
    • The region’s only GammaKnife for treating brain tumors
    • 24/7 neurointerventional medicine program offering advanced minimally invasive procedures.

Certified Primary Stroke Center

Our physicians and team are trained to act with inordinate speed and use the latest clot-busting medications like tPA and procedures like clot retrieval to minimize and reverse stroke damage. Among our advanced neurological diagnostic procedures:

  • EEG
  • EMG
  • CT Scans
  • MRI
  • Angiogram
  • Intra arterial tap
  • Evoked potentials
  • Neurosurgical monitoring
  • Extended EEG monitoring

Minimally invasive and surgical options for stroke treatment

Patients who have suffered a stroke and are treated at the Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center have access to the latest advances in stroke procedures. Our progressive treatments include:

  • Neurointerventional procedures– the growing specialty of using special non-surgical technologies or procedures to diagnose and treat neurological conditions. These procedures and technologies use image-guided catheters to treat the brain and spine without the use of surgical incisions. Working closely with our neurologists and neurosurgeons, neurointerventional specialists use microcatheters, stents, balloons and similar devices to diagnose/treat aneurysm, vascular formations, clots, strokes, etc.
  • Tissue Plasminogen Activator or tPA medications–Hailed as a virtual revolution in the treatment of ischemic stroke, tPA medicines help dissolve clots quickly. When given within three hours of the first stroke symptoms, tPA therapy can help limit stroke damage and disability.
  • Clot retrieval– Using specialized equipment, physicians remove the blood clot from a patient's brain.
  • Coiling options– This is a newer, minimally invasive technique that be used to treat certain types of ruptured and unruptured aneurysms by using a coil to block blood flow. The procedure can be performed under general anesthesia or light sedation.
  • Surgical aneurysm clipping – During this procedure surgeons block the blood flow to an aneurysm which prevents it from rupturing or re-rupturing.

Neurosurgery at the Midwest Neuroscience Institute

When it is brain surgery, you want to know you’re in the very best hands. The experienced neurosurgery team at the Midwest Neuroscience Institute offers the expertise and experience – available around the clock – for even the most challenging cases. Our physicians are skilled in both traditional surgeries and minimally invasive procedures, as well as advanced procedures such as functional neurosurgery or deep brain stimulation. We offer a dedicated Neurosurgical ICU for recovering patients, staffed by a team of nurses with an advanced level of experience in caring for post-neurosurgery patients.

We offer the area’s only GammaKnife® (Sterotactic Radiosurgery) treatment for brain tumors – still considered to be the best option for hard-to-treat brain tumors. This minimally invasive procedure uses a highly focused beam of radiation to target specific areas of the brain and destroy the tissue that a doctor would otherwise have removed with a scalpel during an operation.

The Center for Facial Pain is led by Jonathan Chilton, MD, a neurosurgeon renowned for his expertise in microvascular decompression, a complex surgical procedure which helps to eliminate pain while preserving surrounding nerve tissue.

The Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center offers a unique resource in the Center for the Relief of Pain. Under the medical direction of William Rosenberg, MD, neurosurgeon, who has specialized expertise in chronic pain, the center offers a coordinated, comprehensive plan of care with a variety of treatment options for the patient suffering from chronic pain. The Center offers options including:

  • Medical pain management through pharmacotherapies – including targeted drug delivery
  • Advanced surgical interventions such as neuro ablative techniques and neuro modulation

Patients of Midwest Neuroscience Institute can also take advantage of the numerous ongoing clinical trials, which offers access to some of the latest, most advanced treatment options available.

Rehabilitation and Recovery Services

Recovery and rehabilitation from a brain or nervous system condition is an important part of the healing process. It can include:

  • Physical therapy – helping patients regain as much movement as possible
  • Occupational therapy – facilitating independence in everyday tasks and self-care
  • Speech therapy – improving speech issues and, through our Voice and Swallowing Care Center, offering specialized evaluations and treatments for swallowing issues.