The brain is a complex organ that controls most of the rest of the body through a variety of intricate nerve impulses that allow you to move, use your five senses, and feel pleasure and pain. In addition, the brain is also responsible for all thought processes, including reasoning, emotions, and decision-making among many others.
However, despite its complexity, doctors routinely struggle to discover exactly how to diagnose and treat problems within the brain. This is typically due to the fact that the brain is wrapped securely within the bony skull. For this reason, if your doctor is concerned that you may have a blood vessel blockage in your brain, such as one that could lead to a stroke, or an area of weakness in an artery of the brain such as one that could become an aneurysm, he or she may recommend that you undergo MRI or CT angiography of the brain.
What Is Angiography?
Angiography can be used in a variety of areas of the body to look at the health of blood vessels. For example, you may have heard it being used in the heart to check for blocked arteries that could lead to heart attacks. In the brain, conventional angiography is an interventional procedure that requires the use of a catheter inserted into the appropriate artery to check out the interior of that artery. Once the catheter is in place, a special solution containing contrast dye is injected. With the innovative technology available at The Radiology Clinic in Rockville, MD, MRI or CT angiography can look inside blood vessels in the brain with the use of an I.V. injection and no interventional procedure. The fellowship-trained neuroradiologists at The Radiology Clinic will be able to determine the health of the blood vessels in question.
What Are the Benefits of This Type of Diagnosis?
The biggest benefit of choosing MR or CT angiography for the brain is its noninvasive superiority over invasive diagnostic tools. It can provide an accurate picture of the brain vasculature, allowing your doctor to choose the best treatment for you.
When your doctor recommends that you undergo MRI or CT angiography of the brain, rest assured that you are in the hands of a caring and expert team that you can truly trust. At The Radiology Clinic, we offer a variety of radiology services to be used throughout the body. Because this is what our team specializes in, you can be assured that our extensive knowledge and experience in these matters can help discover underlying illnesses. The Radiology Clinic will provide prompt and accurate diagnoses with advanced imaging and expert radiologists to help diagnose and quickly treat illnesses that could otherwise go undetected. Contact The Radiology Clinic at 301-217-0500 to schedule your appointment with our caring, knowledgeable, and friendly team.