Neuroimaging & Neuroradiology Services

Being able to look at the brain and spinal cord are essential parts of diagnosing and treating neurological illnesses. We offer advanced imaging technologies at The Queen’s Medical Center, the only hospital in Hawai‘i that provides 24/7 emergency services for CT, MRI, and biplanar angiography. A CT/PET scanner is also available to detect small cancer cells not visible by other technologies.

A list of commonly performed neuroimaging and neuroradiology is below.

Biplanar Angiogram

The biplanar angiogram is an advanced machine that allows our neurological specialists to see a brain’s blood vessels in 3 dimensions(3-D). It assists our team in providing the safest care in removing blood clots from blood vessels, stopping bleeding and treating brain aneurysms. This advanced technology is a vital part of the Queen’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.

CT Scan (Computerized Tomography Scan) and Portable CT Scan

A Computerized Tomography Scan, or CT Scan, allows our physicians to look for the development of new bleeding or swelling in the brain if a patient comes in with stroke or other types of brain injuries.

When the patient is too sick to be taken to the radiology department, we use a Portable CT Scan. The machine can be taken to any part of the hospital, including the operating room or ICU, and ensures that all of our patients are able to have the procedure done regardless of their location or severity of their condition.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Queen's utilizes Magnet Resonance Imaging, more commonly known as MRI, to view the anatomy of the brain with high accuracy and precision. With three MRI scanners readily accessible around the clock, and another available for advanced research, our team of physicians is able to quickly make important medical decisions using the information obtained from the MRI.

Medical conditions that benefit from the information received from an MRI include:

  • Acute stroke
  • Brain tumor
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Other acute neurological emergencies

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan

To detect small cancer cells that may not be visible by the MRI or CT, we utilize a Positron Emission Tomography scan, or PET scan. This type of nuclear imaging study allows our team to ensure that there are no undetected cancer cells after a diagnostic workup and treatment.