The Neurodiagnostic Department at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center's Howard and Hycy Hill Neuroscience Institute specializes in performing the highly specialized diagnostic tests that assess the anatomy or the functioning of the brain and spinal cord, or the muscles, nerves and blood flow that affect the brain and motor skills of each patient.
Some of the sophisticated testing procedures include:
- electroencephalography (EEG)
- electromyography (EMG)
- nerve conduction studies (NCS)
- different types of evoked potentials (EP)
Neurological Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic tests and procedures are vital tools which help physicians confirm or rule out the presence of a neurological disorder or other medical condition. The Radiology Department at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Imaging departments performs hundreds of exams each year that help physicians diagnose disorders and disease and recommend treatment. Providence works to provide service at the hospital seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
What is a neurological examination?
A neurological examination assesses motor and sensory skills, and might include: the functioning of one or more cranial nerves, hearing and speech, vision, coordination and balance, mental status, and changes in mood or behavior, among others. In addition to high-tech medical tools, more common, everyday, low-tech items may be used as well. A tuning fork, flashlight, reflex hammer, ophthalmoscope, and needles may be used to help diagnose brain tumors, infections such as encephalitis and meningitis, and diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and epilepsy. Some tests require the services of a specialist to perform and analyze results.
Diagnostic Testing Procedures include:
- Computer Axial Tomography (CT Scan)
- PET Scanning
- Neurological PET
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Evoked Potential (SSEP)
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Transcranial Doppler