Today's computer-assisted imaging technologies are especially important in the treatment of people with brain and spinal cord problems. Most of these technologies are "minimally invasive," making them quicker and easier on the patient. Capabilities available at Mission include:
When you combine the anatomical imaging of CT with the biochemical imaging of PET, the result is a powerful diagnostic tool. PET and CT alone have their limitations, but by obtaining simultaneous CT and PET scans, physicians can pinpoint exactly where in the body abnormal cell activity is taking place.
We can also determine how far along any cancer has progressed, if cancerous cells have migrated, and an optimal surgical route if cancer removal is necessary.
MRI and CT
These are, so to speak, the backbone of diagnosis for many neurological conditions. At Mission's Neurosciences Institute, we regularly update our equipment to take advantage of constantly improving technology. A new MRI installed in late 2000 gives the sharpest, most detailed images yet available of the brain and spinal column.
Provides painless, accurate imaging for vasospasms in the brain. These are potentially dangerous constrictions of the blood vessel caused by irritation to the artery.
This form of CT scan is designed to highlight the blood vessels in the brain.
Stealth guided biopsy
Uses the power of computer-guided neuronavigation to pinpoint the precise area of the brain to sample, with minimum effect on surrounding tissue. Because of this technology, many brain biopsies can now be performed on an outpatient basis.
Is a "real time," moving x-ray that provides additional computer-guided precision in locating the area needing treatment.