Published on May 05, 2014

Latest neuro imaging technology at Mercy Fitzgerald

Our double board-certified neuroradiologists help accurately diagnose stroke, brain tumor, multiple sclerosis and other conditions affecting the brain and spine.

If something is wrong with your brain or spine, it’s vital that doctors accurately see what this area of the body looks like. That’s why the latest brain imaging technology is available at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia, according to Michael Brooks, MD, JD, FCLM, director of Neuroradiology.

“From CT, CTA, MRI and MRA to neuroimaging techniques such as spine MRI and spine CT, we have all these different ways of imaging the brain and spine,” explains Dr. Brooks. “And we provide these services every day, with people specially trained how to do so.”

In fact, Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia have not just one, but three double board-certified neuroradiologists on staff.

“That’s not something most community hospitals have,” says Dr. Brooks. “Our doctors are dedicated to maintaining that high level of quality and education.” Dr. Brooks and his team see patients with any kind of neurological issue, such as symptoms of a stroke or a brain tumor, multiple sclerosis, or dementia, as well as injuries to the brain and spine, whether they are from motor vehicle accidents, falls or sports.

It’s incredible how far neuroimaging has come in the past 30 years, says Dr. Brooks.

“In the early ’80s, it would take us one hour to take one set of pictures of the brain. Today, we can scan someone’s brain in 5 seconds or less,” he says. “The speed with which we can see and reconstruct pictures of the brain, even 3-D images, is amazing.”

What does that mean for patients? “Brain imaging is completely noninvasive and painless,” says Dr. Brooks. “And improved diagnosis leads to more efficient treatment.”