Nervous System Procedures

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  1. Neurologist
    • physician specializing in diseases of the brain, spinal cord and nerves
    • does NOT perform surgery (neurosurgeon)
  2. Lumbar (spinal) puncture or tap (LP)
    • sampling CSF from lumbar portion of spine
    • use for diagnostic purposes such as presence of bacteria in meningitis, special proteins in MS or blood cells
  3. Brain Scan
    introducing a radioactive element into the blood can image possible tumors in the brain
  4. Electroenchephalography (EEG)
    • image of the brains electrical activity
    • used to diagnoses seizure disorders, brain tumors and in sleep studies
  5. Computed Tomography (CT)
    • specialized X-ray that takes multiple images of the body from different angles and integrates images into "slices" of the body
    • better than x-ray because of differentiation of types of tissue
  6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    • body is placed in a strong magnetic field
    • radio pusles affect the resonance or "spin" of atoms in the tissues. 
    • shows subtle differences in tissue molecular structure producing high resolution and better differentiation of soft tissue
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Nervous System Procedures
2015-03-29 18:48:55
Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology
Nervous system procedures
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