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Neuroradiologist

A neuroradiologist specializes in the central nervous system, focusing on the spine, neck, and brain. Strokes, head injury, blinding migraine headaches, spinal trauma, epilepsy and even drug addiction are just a few of the maladies that are examined and treated with the help of a neuroradiologist.

Over 30,000 people a year complain of a sudden, terrible headache, the worst they\'ve ever experienced. Migraines, long a medical mystery, can cause blurred or \"split\" vision, nausea, and hyper sensitivity to light. Neuroradiologists study these attacks with the aid of an MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and are increasing better able to find the source.

Strokes and head injuries have been proven to cause some patients to experience sudden blindness or color blindness, due to the damage done. In other cases, loss of speech, memory, cognition, and loss of movement in the limbs on one side or the other of the body is experienced. Due to advances in medical technology, and studies by neuroradiologists, this doesn\'t necessarily have to be a permanent condition. Many people have found that structured rehabilitation enables them to regain movement and other functions and return to a relatively normal life.

A new technology, MEG scanning, (magnetoencephalography), is the most advanced non-invasive device available to neuroradiologists in the discovery and treatment of epilepsy. Violent seizures that affect men, women, and children of all ages and walks of life are both frightening and dangerous. Now, with MEG, neuroradiologists can measure the electrical activity of the epileptic brain. Along with a detailed history of the patients. episodes, possible birth defects or brain infections, steps can be taken to ease suffering.

Drug addiction, in particular, cocaine, causes serious problems in the cerebellum. Vascular lesions, hemorrhaging due to perforated vessels, stroke, and seizures can occur with cocaine addicts. The results of long term cocaine and other drug use are well known, but neuroradiologists are also working on the source of the problem, addictive behavior itself. Addiction, it\'s now known, starts in the brain, and with rapidly advancing neurological knowledge, there may come a time when the process of addiction could be eliminated altogether.

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