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If you have signs of a neurological disorder, your Dignity Health Central California neurologist may order a brain scan to help diagnose the condition. “Brain scan” is an umbrella term representing several types of tests targeting the brain.
An imaging test, such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or computed tomography (CT) scan, can help your doctor analyze structures within your brain. A positron emission tomography (PET) scan can provide additional information, such as how well your brain is working.
Brain scans can help to diagnose or monitor many neurological conditions, including:
If you are concerned about symptoms related to a neurological condition, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health who can order and interpret a brain scan in Central California.
Brain scans fall into three main categories: CT, MRI, and PET. Within these categories there are several subcategories of scans that can measure very specific brain functions.
If you are uncomfortable in confined spaces, or have difficulty lying still for periods of time, talk to your doctor about your concerns and available measures that can put you more at ease.
In most cases, you are free to return to your normal activities after your scan. If you take a sedative before your exam, you will need to spend a few minutes in the recovery area. Always avoid driving after taking a sedative.
Our neurologists work together to provide the highest level of care. Learn more about our neurology services: