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If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of a neurological disorder, your doctor may order a brain scan. This term refers to several different types of imaging tests.
Dignity Health hospitals and imaging centers offer complete neurological diagnostic testing, including brain scans, in the Bay Area. Find a Doctor near you today.
A brain scan can help your doctor evaluate structures within the brain and how well they are functioning. It may also be used to help diagnose or monitor a number of neurological diseases or disorders, including:
There are three major types of brain scans: computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET). They may be performed at a Dignity Health imaging center or a hospital on an outpatient basis.
Here is what to expect for the main types of brain scans:
If you find it difficult to lie still for extended periods of time, or fear claustrophobia while inside the scanner, talk to your doctor. Mild sedation may be available to make the scan easier for you.
Unless you received sedation during your imaging scan, you will be free to go home and resume normal activities after a CT, MRI, or PET scan. If you received a sedative for the procedure, you will not be permitted to drive yourself home and you will be required to spend a few minutes in a recovery area before being discharged.
Brain scans offer a way for your neurologist to “see inside” your skull without having to do surgery. As a diagnostic and monitoring tool, a brain scan can be an invaluable part of your doctor’s treatment process. You can trust Dignity Health to provide comprehensive, personal care for all types of neurological conditions.
Dignity Health performs brain scans in the Bay Area.