At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Neuroradiology Program services are among the highest in demand within the Imaging Institute. The program’s highly knowledgeable team of caregivers assists other specialties in the diagnosis of neurologic conditions (conditions of the nervous system) and provides imaging-based treatment for neurologic disorders.
The Imaging Institute’s Neuroradiology Program is divided into two sections:
Western-trained neuroradiologists and neurointerventionists use state-of-the-art technology to provide comprehensive expertise with a focus on personalized, Patients First care.
The Neuroradiology Program is a cutting-edge and rapidly growing subspecialty at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. The expert imaging team works with neurologists and other physicians to assist in the diagnosis of a range of neurologic, ear, nose, and throat disorders, including:
The Imaging Institute’s Neuroradiology Program receives patient referrals from the Neurological Institute and other specialties for imaging studies that assist in disease diagnosis and treatment. The studies offered include computed tomography (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography/ computed tomography (PET.CT).
Imagining Studies Offered by the Neuroradiology Program
Computed Tomography (CT)
CT scans, use x-ray beams to take a series of images. This exam takes approximately 15 to 30 seconds to complete. CT scans may or may not require a contrast dye that enhances the image to be administered using an IV. Patients may be instructed not to eat for several hours before the examination if contrast dye will be used.
Experts at the Neuroradiology Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi conduct a range of highly specific CT studies, including:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
An MRI uses magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the body without the use of ionizing radiation. An MRI scan takes about 25 to 45 minutes to complete and may involve an intravenous injection of contrast dye to enhance certain details. Patients undergoing a scan that requires contrast dye will be instructed not to eat or drink for six to eight hours before the procedure. Patients with a history of claustrophobia or patients who have MRI-incompatible implants, such as a cardiac pacemaker, cochlear implant, or intracranial aneurysmal clips, should inform their doctor before scheduling this study. MRI scans offered as part of the Neuroradiology Program include:
Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET.CT)
A PET.CT scan is an advanced technique that uses x-rays to take both moving and still images of the inside of the body. The examination, typically used for brain imaging, utilizes a radioactive dye (called a radiotracer) to enhance the image. A patient may be referred for a PET.CT for a variety of evaluations, such as prior to surgical treatment of epilepsy or for early diagnosis of dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease). A PET.CT scan takes about 30 minutes, with 60 minutes of preparation prior to the scan. Patients undergoing a PET.CT scan should not eat or drink anything except water for six hours before the scan, and should not consume caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine the day before or the day of the scan.
The Neuroradiology Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Imaging Institute is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of knowledgeable physicians, technologists, and nurses. Caregivers involved in patient care as part of the Neuroradiology Program are:
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