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Neuroradiology Specialist

ForeFront Radiology

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology based out of Fresno, CA

Head, neck, and spinal injuries or diseases can be challenging because of the risk of damage to your brain and spinal cord. Using advanced diagnostic imaging technology, the board-certified neuroradiologists at ForeFront Radiology in Fresno, California, can help by ensuring you receive an accurate diagnosis. They also use cutting-edge neuroradiology techniques to treat conditions like brain tumors and aneurysms. Call ForeFront Radiology to find out more or book an appointment online today.

Neuroradiology Q & A

What is neuroradiology?

Neuroradiology is a subspecialty of radiology that focuses on your head, neck, and spine.

The neuroradiology specialists at ForeFront Radiology use their expert skills in interpreting diagnostic images to identify abnormalities in your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system or CNS), your face and neck, and the nerves and blood vessels in these areas.

They work closely with neurologists, neurosurgeons, and other specialists to ensure patients receive the most accurate diagnosis. Neuroradiologists also use diagnostic imaging to help guide procedures that treat certain head, neck, and spine conditions.

What conditions can neuroradiology diagnose?

The fellowship-trained neuroradiologists at ForeFront Radiology have advanced expertise in interpreting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) examinations of the head, neck, and spine to help diagnose conditions such as:

  • Strokes
  • Transient ischemic attacks (TIA or mini-stroke)
  • Head, neck, and spinal cancer
  • Benign tumors
  • Cysts and abscesses
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Radiculopathy (trapped nerves)
  • Aneurysms
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease

In some cases, neuroradiology imaging can confirm a diagnosis. With others, like Parkinson's disease, neuroradiology can identify changes in the brain that inform the diagnostic process alongside other methods.

What conditions can neuroradiology help treat?

Conditions that neuroradiology can help treat include:

Head, neck, and spinal tumors

Head, neck, and spinal tumors often contain so many blood vessels that performing open surgery to remove them would result in severe blood loss. Embolization is a way of blocking enough blood vessels to make surgery safe.

To perform embolization, the ForeFront Radiology team uses fluoroscopy to guide the placement of a tiny catheter into the target blood vessels. Through the catheter, the team delivers a special glue or blocking material to seal off the blood vessels.

Brain aneurysms

An aneurysm is a pouch that forms when a weakened artery wall balloons outward. Aneurysms in your brain can swell and put pressure on nerves and tissues, and may leak or rupture, causing symptoms such as pain, vomiting, light sensitivity, and double vision.

The ForeFront Radiology team uses imaging technologies such as CT and MRI scans to locate the aneurysm, map its features, and identify the blood vessels connected to it. The team can then place tiny coils into the aneurysm using a catheter or clip the outside of the aneurysm.

Traumatic vascular injuries

If one of the four arteries that supply your brain with blood is stretched, bruised, or torn, it can deprive your brain of oxygen and lead to a stroke. The ForeFront Radiology neuroradiology team works closely with your neurologist and neurosurgeon to treat these traumatic vascular injuries.

To find out more about the benefits of using ForeFront Radiology's superior neuroradiology facilities, call the office today or book an appointment online.