Neuroscience Services at Winthrop-University Hospital
Advancing the Science of Neurological Care
Neuroscience is a fascinating medical arena where physicians and scientists work to unlock the mysteries of the human brain and central nervous system. At Winthrop-University Hospital, our multidisciplinary neuroscience services combine medicine and clinical programs with scientific research, technology, leading edge surgical techniques and education to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease.
Our Winthrop physicians are pioneering breakthrough approaches for diagnosis and treatment, including computerized imaging systems, cutting edge surgical interventions and the latest generation of medication therapies.
At Winthrop, our patients receive comprehensive care from an interdisciplinary team that includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, pediatric neurologists, pediatric neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, vascular surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons and specialists from other related fields.
Specialized nursing care, physical and occupational therapy, social work and other vitally important supportive services are also key components of our world-class neuroscience services.
About Our State-of-the-Art Neuroscience Unit
At Winthrop, our Neuroscience Unit features a highly specialized intensive care unit dedicated to patients recovering from neurological or neurosurgical procedures. Here, our patients benefit from the very latest medical technology, including 24-hour monitored beds and round-the-clock physician's assistant staffing.
Winthrop’s outstanding neuroscience services are led by some of the region’s best nuerosurgeons and neurologists, making us a destination for patients across our region, and beyond.
Once our patients are ready to leave the closely monitored intensive care environment, they remain on the neuroscience floor where specialized nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and other allied health professionals are uniquely trained and focused on each patient’s very specific needs.
Neuroscience Services that Are Always a Step Ahead
Neuroradiology is at the heart of proper diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases. Neuroradiology is the imaging and interventional therapy of diseases of the central nervous system, which include the brain and spinal cord, and the surrounding skull and spine structures.
(Name of service line) is equipped with a state-of-the-art Neuro-Interventional Radiology Suite, where neuroradiologists are able to precisely image structures in the brain, head and neck and spine, as well as perform minimally invasive procedures. These procedures are often accomplished through the introduction of a catheter through the artery.
Neuroradiologists use interventional techniques to "see" clots in the brain. By introducing clot-reducing drugs through the same catheter that permits visualization of the area, they are often able to dissolve the clot.
Neuroradiologists use advanced imaging equipment to diagnose and evaluate aneurysms and arterial venous malformations (AVMs) in the brain. Together with neurosurgeons, they assess treatment options, which may include non-surgical interventions or more traditional surgical treatment.
Ultrafast CT Scanning & Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
At Winthrop, we offer the most current versions of CT and MRI diagnostic techniques, enabling the most rapid diagnosis. Our other state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques include SPECT scans, a nuclear medicine scan that demonstrates brain metabolism; carotid ultrasound, which provides information about the carotid artery; transesophageal ultrasound, which provides valuable information about heart function; magnetic resonance angiography, which provides images of blood vessels inside the brain without the need to inject radioactive agents; and CT angiography.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning is a highly sophisticated technique that provides valuable information about organ function and structure. PET scans can image blood flow, assess brain function, and detect and stage tumors. They are useful in evaluating movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, as well as Alzheimer's disease.
Neuroscience Services at Winthrop-University Hospital
Our Focus on Children
From the most fragile of premature infants to growing children and adolescents, youngsters receive a full range of renowned care from neurologists, neurosurgeons and other specialists working hand-in-hand.
Here at (name of service line), our experts work in collaboration with their colleagues in the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop to provide the highest quality, most comprehensive care available to children at every stage of development.
Neurodevelopmental Screening & Early Intervention
As more and more premature and gravely ill newborns survive, they sometimes do so with neurological or other deficits. These NICU "graduates" are seen and cared for on a regular basis in order to ensure early detection of any potential developmental lags.
A coordinated team of pediatric neurologists, neonatologists, developmental pediatricians and physical therapists performs comprehensive neurodevelopmental evaluations. If developmental delays are detected, arrangements are made to provide appropriate therapy in a variety of settings, including the home, community-based early childhood centers such as the Little Village School in Bellmore, with which Winthrop holds an affiliation, or within the local school system.
In addition, every newborn at Winthrop undergoes hearing screening. Early detection of hearing impairment provides the opportunity for early intervention in order to prevent associated language and speech delay.
Determining the precise origin of seizures is crucial to providing children with appropriate treatment. Our pediatric neurologists have access to the most up-to-date diagnostic techniques to isolate the causes of seizure disorders, enabling children to receive the most effective medical or surgical treatments, including implantation of a vagal nerve stimulator to complement or replace medication in the control and prevention of seizures. Our access to newer generations of medications also allow for many more options for medical management of seizures with fewer side effects.
Attention Disorders & Learning Disabilities
Pediatric neurologists function as part of a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis of children with learning disabilities and attention disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
A team approach is emphasized, with close collaboration between pediatric neurologists, teachers and school personnel, behavioral psychologists, and, of course, the family. Recommendations might include counseling, educational assistance, psychological support and medication, when appropriate. The ultimate goal is to enable the child to achieve his or her fullest potential.
Hydrocephalus & Other Central Nervous System Anomalies
Hydrocephalus is a swelling of the brain, which can occur in premature or full-term babies. Babies with hydrocephalus, as well as those with general disorders of the central nervous system, are evaluated and treated by pediatric neurologists and geneticists. At (name of center/service line), hydrocephalus may be treated with sophisticated endoscopic equipment to assess the cause of the condition and create a pathway to relieve the fluid accumulation, often minimizing the need for a shunt.
Headaches in Children
Headaches and migraines are common in adults, however most people would be surprised to learn that they can affect up to 5 percent of children as well. Although more often seen in adolescents, and in girls more than boys, headaches can occur in young children and toddlers.
The primary categories are migraines and chronic, recurrent headaches. Headaches in children are rarely linked to a more serious underlying condition. Fortunately, there are new medications that specifically target migraine pain and can be effective in managing these headaches. There are also preventative medications and techniques to bring relief, sparing youngsters missed days at school and psychological distress that can accompany chronic pain.
Evaluation & Treatment of Neurological Disorders
Our pediatric neurologists are skilled at diagnosing and managing children with a range of neurological issues, including brain tumors, muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders, Bell's Palsy and others. Long-term management of these often-chronic conditions focuses on meeting each family's individual needs for care and support.
Evolving Neuroscience Services at Winthrop-University Hospital
Researching Tomorrow’s Treatments, Today
Treatment of neurological problems is a constantly evolving field. Our researchers in the Department of Neuroscience stay ahead of the latest developments -- and help pave the way for new discoveries -- through their participation in clinical research trials. This enables our team to provide our patients with access to tomorrow's most promising therapies. Today.