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Providence Neurosurgery of Southwest Washington offers some of the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment including:
CT (Computed Tomography) scans take images of the body from different angles, then use a computer to create 3-dimensional images that help physicians with diagnosis. With the introduction of the 64-slice CT scanner, more images can be gathered in far less time and at a higher resolution. As a result physicians have higher quality images, and more of them, to use during diagnosis. For the brain, this high-speed CT scan is typically used to diagnose bleeding, brain injury or skull fractures.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses a powerful magnetic field, radiofrequency pulses and a computer to create images of the body – including the brain and spine. Physicians with the Providence Neuroscience Center have access to several types of MR machines. These include:
An angiogram is a type of diagnostic X-ray that involves injecting a special dye into a vein to highlight blood vessels. It is frequently used to pinpoint the precise location of blockage or bleeding in the brain.
Interventional angiography is a similar procedure, but focuses on treatment rather than diagnosis. With interventional angiography, a small stent is guided via catheter through the body to the affected blood vessel, which it opens and inflates.
The ability to see sharp images, fine details and natural colors is vital when operating on delicate areas of the body, such as the brain or spine. With the aid of Zeiss OPMI Pentero surgical microscopes, neurosurgeons can operate with pinpoint precision. The microscope’s powerful illumination and magnification capabilities enable surgeons to see small blood vessels and cranial nerves, as well as areas of the brain that are difficult to access and operate on such as the skull base. Neurosurgeons are using the microscope with almost all types of brain surgeries, tumor removal and spinal cases, and it is particularly helpful in performing aneurysm surgery.
The neurosurgical operating suites at Providence St. Peter Hospital are among the best in the area for spine surgery. Real-time neuromonitoring by a neurophysiologist for complex spine cases ensures we protect critical nerves. O-arm® surgical imaging with StealthStation® S7® navigation and AxiEM™ electromagnetic tracking system afford us integrated, high-resolution visibility of patient imaging and precise placement of spinal instrumentation. Top of-the-line surgical microscopes provide the illumination and magnification required for the delicate spine surgery procedures we perform.