Take a Closer Look at Your Brain with NeuroQuant® 3D Image Processing
When you’re suffering from Alzheimer’s, MS, or other serious neurological conditions, your doctor needs crystal-clear images to determine the right course of action. Fortunately, NeuroQuant® image processing software has made brain imaging more reliable than ever before. Used in conjunction with MRI, this cutting-edge software allows our radiologists to provide clear, quantified measurements of your brain’s tissues.
How Severe is Your Condition? Find out with NeuroQuant®
Every patient’s situation is unique, and the extent of a neurological disorder plays a significant role in determining proper treatment. Brain volume is one of the most important indicators, and a loss of volume is often a sign of progression for patients with MS and dementia.
To help your doctor make the best treatment decisions, NeuroQuant® measures the volumes of several cranial structures, including the hippocampus, ventricles and amygdala. By comparing these volumes to norms based on age, sex and cranial volume, your doctor can accurately assess the nature and progression of your condition.
Traumatic Brain Injuries: Assessing the Damage
At least 1.7 million TBIs occur annually in the United States, and more than 3 million Americans live with long-term disabilities due to TBI. While a majority of these injuries are mild concussions, roughly a quarter of TBI patients are at risk of long-term degeneration and disability.
To assess the need for long-term treatment following a TBI, it’s crucial that athletes, automobile drivers and other patients undergo regular imaging procedures. To help doctors assess the damage, a NeuroQuant®-assisted MRI includes a Triage Brain Atrophy Report, which includes volume measurements of 39 brain structures. With this information, physicians can determine whether significant damage occurred during an incident, and whether an injury has caused longer-term degeneration.
How Does NeuroQuant® Work?
A NeuroQuant®–assisted exam is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure for obtaining 3D measurements of the brain. The exam begins with a traditional brain MRI. The NeuroQuant® software then processes the data from that exam, identifying and segmenting the various structures of the brain.
By examining those segments’ densities, surface areas and other attributes, the software calculates accurate measurements of their volumes. By comparing those volumes to established norms based on age, sex and cranial volume, your doctor can determine which parts of your brain are atrophied, asymmetrical, or deformed.
All of those calculations are presented in a unique, patient-specific report, which includes far more data and detailed images than a traditional MRI report. This information allows your radiologist, neurologist and primary care physician to make accurate diagnoses and determine the most effective treatment options.
Find NeuroQuant at an American Health Imaging Center Near You
A NeuroQuant®-assisted brain MRI is one of the best ways to determine the extent of your neurological condition. To schedule an appointment, have your doctor contact one of our imaging centers, or call directly to schedule or reschedule. With the exception of our Atlanta-based stand-up MRI center, NeuroQuant® is available at all American Health Imaging locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe, pain-free diagnostic imaging technique that combines magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of your body’s structures. While X-rays are typically used to view bones and joints, MRI is better suited for organs, muscles, and other soft tissues. Ultimately, being able to see detailed images of these tissues allows doctors to diagnose and monitor heart diseases, tumors, and a variety of internal injuries.
While MRI exams cost more than CT scans and X-rays, they offer a few key advantages. Most importantly, they allow radiologists to spot slight abnormalities in soft tissues, which may indicate the presence of cancer, heart disease, and other serious conditions. Likewise, MRI helps doctors differentiate between healthy and unhealthy tissues.
In addition to its diagnostic benefits, MRI is a radiation-free imaging technique. This is a particularly important advantage for pregnant women and patients with compromised immune systems.
If your doctor has opted for MRI over CT or X-ray, you may be wondering why they have chosen the more expensive exam. Their reasoning will depend upon your specific condition, but generally, physicians order MRI when they need to spot fine details and differentiate between normal and abnormal soft tissues. These abnormalities may include tumors, cysts, and blood vessel obstructions, as well as aneurysms, spinal cord defects, and other nervous system disorders. Over the course of your treatment, your MRI could prove invaluable in making an accurate diagnosis and forming a proper treatment plan.
Some conditions warrant MRI exams right away, but doctors usually order them after viewing the results of CT scans, X-rays or other imaging procedures. Given their higher costs, doctors, and insurers often want to exhaust other options first.
At the start of your MRI exam, your technologist will ask you to remove jewelry, belts, and other metal objects, and they will help you lie comfortably on a cushioned table. That table will then slide into the circular MRI machine, which contains the large magnet necessary to produce detailed images. As your technologist collects images, they’ll be able to see, hear, and speak to you, alleviating any concerns you may have.
To provide for maximum comfort during your exam, American Health Imaging has invested in MRI machines with large openings and slim profiles, which help to prevent feelings of claustrophobia. You won’t feel like you’re entering a narrow tunnel, and depending upon the area of your body being imaged, your head and feet may still be in the open.
“Open” MRI refers to a specific type of MRI machine with a non-confining opening beside or in front of the patent. During an open MRI exam, the patient sits or stands with magnets positioned to the side or above depending on the brand and model. Compared to traditional MRI, the extra unobstructed space allows for a more pleasant, less confined experience. If your physician has ordered an MRI exam, you may want to check whether an open MRI is an option for the type of imaging study you need Find your location here.
A painless, radiation-free imaging technique, MRI is completely safe for most patients. However, pregnant women are still advised not to undergo MRI exams. Given the powerful magnets involved, it’s also important to let your technologists know if you have any metal devices on or inside your body, including:
- Cardiac pacemakers
- Artificial heart valves
- Aneurysm clips
- Inner ear implants
- Intrauterine devices
- Permanent eyeliner
- Metal fragments
If a friend or family member is accompanying you to your exam, it’s likewise important to let your technologists know if they have any of these devices.
Once your doctor decides MRI is necessary for your diagnosis, their office will typically notify our staff and schedule your appointment for you. We will then verify your health insurance coverage and obtain any necessary pre-certifications. If you don’t have health insurance, or if you’re facing a high deductible, we also offer excellent self-pay rates.
If you want to schedule your appointment on your own, or if you need to change an appointment, you can also call one of our 24 convenient locations. We offer same-day, evening and weekend appointments to ensure your exam fits within your normal schedule.
MRI exams require no special preparation. Eat and drink normally, and follow your prescribed medication dosing unless your doctor advises otherwise. Dress in loose, comfortable clothes with no metal snaps or zippers.