Neuro-Imaging Services

Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute

Appointment New Patient Appointment or 214-645-8300

UT Southwestern Medical Center offers patients the latest technology and techniques in both diagnostic and therapeutic neuroimaging services. Our highly experienced faculty includes specialists in head and neck radiology, spine imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and interventional neuroradiology.

Innovative Services with the Latest Technologies

The Neuroimaging team at UT Southwestern offers unique procedures and technologies for both diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive treatments.

Diagnostic Neuroimaging

Besides standard neuroradiology (CT and MRI), our services include:

  • Angiography: A catheter is inserted into the arteries feeding the brain or spinal cord to identify diseased or injured blood vessels or to place treatments for those blood vessels.
  • Diagnostic biopsies: A small sample of tissue, such as percutaneous biopsies in the head and neck, is taken for examination under a microscope to help confirm a diagnosis.
  • Diagnostic myelography: Dye is placed in the spinal sac before an X-ray to show any abnormalities.
  • Discography: A special dye is injected into one or more spinal discs to determine if they are the source of back pain.

Minimally Invasive Treatments

The Interventional Neuroradiology Clinic team includes specialists in head and neck radiology, spine radiology, and magnetic resonance imaging. We use the latest imaging technologies to conduct more than 3,000 innovative, minimally invasive surgeries annually.

Interventional radiology physicians can visualize internal organs while performing surgeries with minimal disruption to a patient’s body and overall functionality. These treatments include:

  • Catheter-based procedures to dissolve blood clots in strokes
  • Carotid and cerebral angioplasty and stenting, which involves placing a small balloon in an artery in the neck or brain and inflating it to open the artery and placing a stent in the artery to hold it open
  • Cerebral aneurysm coiling using a catheter threaded through blood vessels to the brain, where soft platinum microcoils are placed in the aneurysm as a barrier to blood flow that seals off the aneurysm
  • Embolization procedures to treat brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM), and cavernous carotid fistula
  • Facet injections to ease back pain
  • Kyphoplasty to treat compression fractures in the spine
  • Radiofrequency ablation for tumor treatment
  • Steroid injections for pain management
  • Vertebroplasty to help control back pain and osteoporosis


The Neuroimaging Program is engaged in wide-ranging research, including patient studies. We also maintain our own research angiography lab.

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