3-D Brain Imaging

Also known as: 3-D brain scans, brain imaging, CT scan of the brain, MRI scan of the brain.

What is 3-D brain imaging?

3-D brain imaging is a type of MRI that is so detailed that it can be reformatted, and viewed from any direction. It is used to give health care providers a complete picture of the entire brain.

What happens during the procedure?

CT and MRI scans are obtained done with the patient placed on a table and put in a cylindrical machine that takes the pictures of the brain. The patient will need to lie still during the procedure.

Is any special preparation needed?

For MRI-based  imaging tests, you need to identify any metal or devices in your body so that the doctors can assess whether it's safe to have the study.

What are the risk factors?

There are few risks to 3-D brain imaging. Some people can have an allergic reaction to the contrast dye, which may be used in these procedures.


Reviewed by: Ian O'Neil Miller, MD

This page was last updated on: August 11, 2020 02:56 PM

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