Head MRI

 

While many people suffer from headaches, the underlying conditions that cause their headaches may be very different. These conditions may range from circulatory disorders in the brain to work-related physical and psychological stress.

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A Reliable Diagnosis via Head MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers a reliable means of diagnosing or ruling out pathological changes in the brain.

Pathological changes in the brain can be detected via MRI. MRI of the head is indicated for patients who suffer from headaches whose origin is unknown as well as for patients who have or are suspected of having any of the following conditions:

    • Tumors or other forms of dysplasia
    • Vertigo and an impaired sense of balance
    • Circulatory disorders (e.g. narrowing of blood vessels in the brain)
    • Inflammatory diseases of the brain (e.g. multiple sclerosis)
    • Degenerative diseases of the brain (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease)
    • Metabolic disorders (e.g. diabetes mellitus)
    • Aneurysm
    • Inflammatory diseases of the meninges (meningitis)
    • Head injuries (e.g. traumatic brain injury)
    • Posttraumatic disorders
    • Child developmental disorders or brain deformities
    • Epilepsy
    • Known primary tumors (i.e. to rule out metastasis)

         

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        MRI view of the skull with findings: stroke

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        CT depiction of the skull with findings: Sinusitis

         

         

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        Head Examinations for Early Detection & Prevention

        The brain represents the command & control center of the human body. It is the place where all information is processed, especially that information coming from our sensory organs. If symptoms such as vertigo occur, it becomes necessary to rule out pathological processes as the cause. In the case of vertigo, for instance, a patient’s vestibular system, which is responsible for balance, is tested.

        Symptoms and Causes

        1. Headaches

        Frequent headaches may be caused by various conditions. While some people suffer from occasional headaches and sleep disorders that may be caused by work-related physical and psychological stress, others suffer from recurring headaches or migraines. It is especially important in these latter cases to determine whether serious pathological conditions, such as a brain tumor, are involved. This is why an MRI scan of the head is indicated.

        2. Inflammatory Diseases

        Head MRI can be used as a primary means of diagnosing inflammatory diseases of the brain such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and can also be used to monitor the status of established cases of MS, i.e. to determine whether the condition has worsened or responded favorably to a newly introduced form of treatment. Head MRI is also generally used to monitor the progress of pathological changes in the brain or the outcome of intervention (e.g. after the removal of a brain tumor).

        3. Suspected Strokes

        Head MRI is the diagnostic tool of first choice when it comes to cases of suspected stroke. The procedure enables your doctor to pinpoint the exact site of a stroke in the brain, even if the extent of the stroke is very small, and also serves as an ideal means of monitoring such conditions.

        4. Alzheimer’s Disease

        At our clinic, we also specialize in the early detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. A special MRI procedure allows us, together with our partners, to devise a 5-year Alzheimer’s prognosis specifying a patient’s chances of being affected by the disease. This examination was developed, in particular, to meet the needs of older patients and others who are either experiencing memory loss or have a hereditary predisposition (family history) for the disease.

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