Introduction to Neuroimaging.
Am J Med. 2017 Nov 27;:
Authors: George E, Guenette JP, Lee TC
Primary care physicians are often tasked with evaluating neurologic symptoms and imaging plays a critical role in neurologic diagnoses. Neuroradiology routinely employs advanced imaging modalities and hence, determination of the appropriate imaging test and interpretation of findings in the clinical context can understandably be overwhelming. In this review article, we introduce resources that can guide physicians in the selection of neuroimaging tests and summarize guidelines on contrast agent administration. Key concepts on imaging techniques and terminology are reviewed, as is relevant for the primary care physician. We then present an overview of the typical imaging manifestations of brain pathologies, including stroke, traumatic injuries, infections, demyelinating and neurodegenerative processes, and neoplasms. Spine imaging is often considered for the evaluation of degenerative, infectious, or neoplastic etiologies, and the typical imaging findings in these scenarios are also summarized.
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