Our Brain and Spine Center offers full spectrum evaluations, which include neuro-diagnostics, outpatient assessments, inpatient and outpatient electrodiagnostics, genetic evaluation and counseling and sub-specialty consultation and follow-up for each of these conditions. The Child First and Always will always guide our philosophy of care, but we'll continue to look for new technology, equipment and techniques to improve care for our patients and families. 

Coming in 2017

In 2017, our program will be the first in the West to begin using transmagentic stimulation (TMS) and ROSA Brain to provide even more exceptional care to our patients. TMS is a non-invasive outpatient procedure for epilepsy & tumor patients and provides greater accuracy, smaller incisions and reduced OR and MRI time. ROSA Brain also offers improved accuracy and decreased OR time for depth electrode placement, resulting in decreased injuries in endo and navigated procedures. 

Together, these technologies use fewer resources, change how we surgically treat drug-resistant epilepsy, decreases patient risk, shortens hospital stays by up to five days and provides safer, lower cost (but higher value) surgical care. 

Tests and diagnostic procedures

As a Brain and Spine Center patient, these are the following types of tests and diagnostic procedures that your child may experience:

EP1

EEG

Our specialists work hand in hand with our pediatric neurologists to determine the best treatment plan.

EP2

Electromyography (EMG)

Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic procedure to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them.

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRIs are used to look for structural abnormalities in the brain and spine. To learn more about MRIs at Primary Children's Hospital, visit our pediatric imaging website.

fMRI

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

A functional MRI is a mapping of the brain and used on patients with specific seizure types or MRI abnormalities.

PET 2

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

PET scans are used to look for glucose uptake of the seizure active zone between seizures.

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Single-photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT)

Single-photon Emission CTs are used to look for blood flow, which will be increased in a seizure zone.

Wada

Wada Test

The Wada test establishes cerebral language and memory representation of each brain hemisphere.

TMS machine

Coming in 2017: Transmagnetic Stimulation (TMS)

TMS is a non-invasive outpatient procedure for epilepsy and tumor patients which provides greater accuracy, smaller incisions and reduced OR and MRI time.

ROSA machine

Coming in 2107: ROSA Brain

The ROSA Brain provides improved accuracy and decreased OR time for depth electrode placement.