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Neuroradiology

State-of-the-art imaging is offered by University of Mississippi Medical Center's neuroradiology department, a branch of radiology dedicated to the diagnosis of diseases of the brain, spine, spinal cord, head and neck. The minimally invasive techniques used by our radiology specialists help in diagnosis and treatment of conditions including, but not limited to, brain aneurysms, stroke, arteriovenous malformations, spinal compression fractures and tumors in the brain, head, neck or spine.

Leading technology and advanced training now allows UMMC neuroradiologists to obtain images for similar conditions in unborn babies, a technique known as fetal MRI.

Typical radiographic studies performed and interpreted by UMMC neuroradiologists include magnetic resonance images (MRIs), computed tomography (CT) scans, angiograms, myelograms, discograms and other complex diagnostic studies for adult and pediatric patients. Results are shared as part of a multidisciplinary team with neurologists, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists and neuro-intensivists. 

Specialty services

  • Advanced imaging techniques
    Our neuroradiologists are the state's only specialists in advanced imaging techniques, which include MRI perfusion, diffusion tensor mapping (DTI), CT angiography and CT perfusion. These sophisticated techniques help our clinical colleagues quickly and precisely diagnose conditions, such as stroke, that require rapid treatment.
  • Advanced brain tumor imaging
    The academic medical center is the only hospital in the state that offers advanced brain tumor imaging, including tumor perfusion and both single and multivoxel spectroscopy. The method helps determine a tumor's grade and spread and answer the difficult question of differentiating between residual tumor and radiation necrosis in patients who have undergone multispecialty management.
  • Tumor mapping for image-guide radiation therapy
    Collaborative work with UMCH's otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat) has enhanced cancer diagnosis and treatment. Head and neck radiologists are skilled in brain tumor and head and neck tumor imaging and work closely with radiation oncologists to provide image-guided radiation therapy (IMRT).
  • Fetal MRI
    The new technique allows the fetus to be imaged and various conditions diagnosed prior to birth. The collaboration with UMMC fetal surgeons has helped establish the Children's Hospital as a leader for fetal disorders in the southeastern region. Fetal MRI lead to early diagnosis of fetal abnormalities, some of which can be treated with intrauterine or immediate postnatal surgical interventions.
  • Trauma imaging
    As part of the state's only Level 1 trauma center, UMMC neuroradiologists are in forefront of trauma imaging. Emergency CT and MR coverage and interpretations are available 24 hours a day in partnership with the emergency radiology staff.
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and brachial plexus MR imaging
    These studies help specialists diagnose inflammations and trauma to this joint as well as to the nerves of the arm.
  • Anesthesia assistance
    In conjunction with UMMC's anesthesiology department, we also provide sedation or general anesthesia to assist in diagnostic or interventional procedures when needed in children or adults.