Post topics

Posts on Learnneuroradiology are organized by topic, predominantly by anatomic location (brain, spine, etc.). If you want to see all of the posts on a given topic, then click on the links below to see them sorted by date.

If you are looking for something specific, try the search at the bottom of the page. There are also pages which organize the information by appropriate level of training (medical student, resident, or fellow) and more specific topic guides.

General

These posts cover a wide range of topics which don’t fit neatly into an another topic. This includes overall approaches to studies (i.e. search patterns and general advice) and other strategies. Board review and other general topics area also found here.

Brain

When people think about neuroradiology, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the brain. It comprises a large amount of the daily work in neuroradiology and some of the more interesting diseases. Despite being a small organ, the anatomy is intricate, and the range of diseases affecting the brain is tremendous.

Spine

Spine is another key area of neuroradiology. It sometimes gets a bad rap because there is a large fraction of studies that are done for back pain or degenerative disease. However, the whole spectrum of pathology, including infection, malignancy, inflammatory diseases, and others, can affect the spine.

Head & Neck

Head and neck radiology is named in a way that may be confusing for the non-neuroradiologist. Isn’t the brain in the head? Well, yes, but head and neck radiology covers everything else, including the bones of the head, skull base, and face, sinuses, and aerodigestive tract. Anatomy is small and intricate and plays a key role.

Procedures

Procedures are an exciting area of neuroradiology. Neuroradiologists cover lumbar punctures, myelograms, biopsies, pain procedures, and blood patches. All neuroradiologists should have a basic understanding of these procedures, even if they do not perform them.

Advanced Imaging

Improvements in technology, including CT and MR, are frequently adding new techniques into the toolbox of the radiologist. Topics in this section cover techniques which may not be performed on every case but which can be performed in specific cases or as troubleshooting. This includes CT and MR perfusion, MR spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, and functional MRI (fMRI).

Pediatrics

Pediatric neuroradiology is a unique subfield in neuroradiology with specific emphasis on diseases and developmental problems common in children. It is sufficiently complex that most people who perform it routinely spend an extra year of training devoted to pediatric neuroradiologist. Every radiologist reading pediatric studies needs at least a basic understanding of pediatric neuroradiology

Board Review

 Ah, it’s painful to think about, but radiologists have a series of 2 board exams and potentially a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) exam that they have to take. Posts relevant to reviewing for these exams are contained here. More specific information about these exams can be found on the dedicated board review pages.