Being able to look at the brain and spinal cord are essential parts of diagnosing and treating patients with neurological illnesses. Our Neuroimaging & Neuroradiology team utilizes state-of-the-art imaging technology to help diagnosis and treat neurological and neurosurgical cases.
While each of our facilities on Oahu and on the neighbour islands has access to different imaging modalities, The Queen’s Medical Center is the only one in the state that provides 24/7 access to emergency services for CT, MRI and biplanar angiography.
Commonly performed neuroimaging and neuroradiology procedures include:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Queen's utilizes Magnet Resonance Imaging, more commonly known as MRIs, to view the anatomy of the brain with high accuracy and precision. With three MRI scanners readily accessible around the clock, and another available for advanced research, our team of physicians is able to make important medical decisions promptly using the information obtained from the MRI.
Medical conditions that benefit from the information received from an MRI include:
- Acute stroke
- Brain tumor
- Spinal cord injury
- Other acute neurological emergencies.
CT Scan (Computerized Tomography Scan) and Portable CT Scan
A Computerized Tomography Scan, or CT Scan, allows our physicians to look for the development of new bleeding or swelling in the brain if a patient comes in with stroke or other type of brain injuries.
When the patient is too sick to be taken to the radiology department, we use a Portable CT Scan. The machine can be taken to any part of the hospital, including the operating room or ICU, and ensures that all of our patients are able to have the procedure done regardless of their location or severity of their condition.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan
To detect small cancer cells that may not be visible by the MRI or CT, we utilize a Positron Emission Tomography Scan or PET Scan. This is a type of a nuclear imaging study allows our team to ensure that there are no undetected cancer cells after a diagnostic workup and treatment.
The biplanar angiogram is an advanced machine that allows us to see a brain’s blood vessels in 3 dimensions (3-D). It assists our team in providing the safest care in removing blood clots from blood vessels, stopping bleeding and treating brain aneurysms. This technology is a vital part of the Queen’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.