Arctic Sun® is an advanced, computer-controlled temperature management system used to induce therapeutic hypothermia in order to lower body temperature and limit destruction of brain tissue in patients who have experienced head trauma and stroke.
Computerized tomography (CT) is body imaging technology that creates cross-sectional images of the body and brain, allowing for rapid diagnosis and monitoring of neurological conditions. It is particularly useful in determining the cause of bleeding in the brain, detecting the cause of stroke symptoms, visualizing brain tumors and evaluating the extent of brain injuries.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is used to diagnose neurologic diseases, such as seizures and epilepsy, by measuing the electrical activity of the brain waves.
Electromyography (EMG) is used to evaluate and record the electrical activity of muscle cells when they are active and at rest.
Intracranial pressure (ICP) rises when there is any increase in mass or fluid within the skull, which can result from head trauma, brain tumors or hydrocephalus. ICP monitoring involves the ongoing observation of pressure inside the skull.
Licox (Brain Oxygenation Monitoring)
Licox is an innovative brain oxygenation monitoring system used to evaluate treatment options in patients with high intracranial pressure. It provides real-time physiological and biochemical measurements that reflect brain function.
Motor evoked potentials (MEP) are recorded from muscles following direct stimulation of exposed areas in the brain or spinal cord, controlling movement. They are often used for intraoperative monitoring.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to visualize the internal structure and function of the body. It provides great contrast between the different soft tissues, making it especially useful in brain and spine imaging.
Neuroangiography uses X-rays and injected dye to visualize blood vessels in the brain and the spinal cord in real time. It is primarily used to detect and diagnose vascular abnormalities.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning provides valuable information about organ function and structure simultaneously. Using very low and safe doses of radiation, PET scans can image blood flow, assess brain function and metabolic activity, and detect and stage tumors. They are useful in evaluating disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, tumors and radiation necrosis .
Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) is an imaging technique that provides true 3D information presented as cross-sectional slices of internal organs. Because SPECT permits accurate localization in 3D space, it offers information about localized function in the brain and other areas of the body.
Somatosensory evoked potential (SSEP) tests the pathways between the peripheral nerves through the spine to the brain by stimulating nerves with small electrical pulses.