Gul Moonis, MD, Discusses Neuroimaging

A division of radiology, neuroimaging involves capturing images of the brain. Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) scans, Positron Emission Topography (PET) scans, and other devices, doctors can analyze the brain and its many components. Along with identifying diseases, neuroimaging can better enlighten us about how the brain works.

Neuroimaging can be divided into structural and functional categories. Structural neuroimaging concerns the brain at rest, and can identify tumors and other abnormalities. Functional MRI concentrates on the organ’s functions. Practitioners use this form for diagnosis and research as they put patients through tests to determine what areas of the brain operate, or “light up,” in response to different stimuli.

About the Author:

Gul Moonis, MD, is a practising academic neuroradiologist and currently holds positions at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Moonis performs as the Program Director of the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program, which is jointly offered between her facility and Tufts Medical Center.

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