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Diagnosis & Testing

When you’re concerned about your health, you want accurate answers, as quickly as possible. Trust the team at the Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center.

Our specialists have experience with all kinds of neurological conditions. The team uses the latest, most advanced technology and methods to determine the nature and extent of your condition. We then use this knowledge to design a treatment and recovery plan tailored to your specific needs.

Depending on your condition and symptoms, we may use a variety of diagnostic methods and tools, such as:

  • Neurological exams – examination and evaluation by our team
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG) – records the heart's activity by measuring electrical currents through the heart muscle
  • Brain and blood vessel imaging – detecting clots and other problems through:
    • CT scan – a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the brain
    • MRI scan – uses magnetic waves to make pictures of the brain
    • Ultrasonography –uses sound waves to examine the brain
  • Blood tests – such as homocysteine, prothrombin time, and other coagulation tests
  • Arteriography (angiography) – placing a catheter in the groin and threading up to the brain; to show arteries in the brain
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) – shows brain blood vessels by mapping blood flow
  • CT angiogram (CTA) – uses a CT scanner and can give images of the blood vessels inside the brain, after a dye is injected into the veins
  • CT perfusion (CTP)provides detailed information on blood flow to the brain
  • Functional MRI – shows brain activity by picking up signals from oxygenated blood
  • Doppler ultrasound – shows narrowing of the arteries (carotid and vertebral) supplying the brain; evaluates flow of blood in brain
  • Echocardiography (cardiac echo) – a test that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to examine the size, shape, and motion of the heart
  • Electromyography (EMG) – measures the electrical activity of muscles
  • Electroneurography (ENG) – measures the conduction of electrical signals along nerve pathways
  • Evoked potentials – measures the time it takes for nerves to respond to stimulation and the size of the response
  • Intra-operative electroencephalography (EEG) – monitors the function of certain structures in the nervous system, such as the nerves, spinal cord or brain, during surgery
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) – a type of MRI that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of blood vessels inside the body
  • Nerve conduction studyevaluates the function of the motor and sensory nerves
  • Spinal tap – uses a needle to draw spinal fluid for evaluation 

Coping with a neurologic condition can be difficult and involve potentially life-altering decisions. We’ll make sure you have support and the information to help you make choices that are right for you. We have the specialized care and services you need, whatever your diagnosis, and we can help you connect with resources in the community and beyond.