Services at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center  

Diagnosis

Neuro Imaging  

Banner Thunderbird treats a wide variety of diseases, disorders and injuries that affect the brain, spine and nervous system. This includes:

  •  aneurysms
  •  brain tumors
  •  cerebral hemorrhages
  •  epilepsy
  •  hydrocephalus
  •  spinal cord injuries & disorders
  •  stroke

We use a number of diagnostic procedures and medical technologies to identify and evaluate neurological conditions including:

  • Angiography -- an imaging technique that uses X-ray pictures to visualize the inner opening of blood-filled structures such as arteries, veins and the brain. Recently, Banner Thunderbird has expanded its angiography capabilities with state-of-the-art equipment that can help in diagnosing and treating strokes and aneurysms
  • Computed Tomography (CT) -- an imaging test in which a part of the body is X-rayed from different angles and images are combined by a computer to produce cross-sectional pictures of internal organs.
  • Epilepsy Monitoring -- As a component of the hospital’s comprehensive neuroscience services, we offer 24 hour video EEG monitoring on our neuro unit. We have two portable monitoring systems available to monitor patients 24/7, providing a safe and secure environment for evaluation of seizure activity. 
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -- an advanced method of generating clear images of the body without the use of X-rays. MRI uses a powerful, harmless magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of body structure, such as the brain, spine, extremities and other organs.
  • Myelography – a type of radiographic examination that uses a contrast medium to detect pathology of the spinal cord, including the location of a spinal cord injury, cysts and tumors.
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) -- a group of techniques based on MRI to image blood vessels. MRA is used to generate images of the arteries in order to evaluate them for stenosis (abnormal narrowing), occlusion or aneuysms (vessel wall dilations at risk of rupture). MRA is often used to evaluate the arteries of the neck and brain, the thoracic and abdominal aorta, the renal arteries and the legs.
  • Nuclear Medicine -- very small amounts of a radioactive tracer are injected into your body in order to produce images. These tracers leave the body very quickly and have no side effects.



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Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
5555 W. Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 865-5555
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