Brain & Spinal Tumor Diagnostic Tools

CNI works closely with the CNI Neuroimaging Service to ensure that patients benefit from the state-of-the-art imaging technologies. We are committed to using the latest imaging technologies to diagnose and treat patients with brain tumors. CNI neuroradiologists are highly trained specialists who have conducted and participated in brain tumor research studies, published peer-reviewed articles, and lectured on conventional and advanced imaging of brain tumors at national and international radiology and neuroradiology conferences. The team maintains state-of-the-art MR equipment and utilizes the latest imaging techniques to diagnose and treat patients.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging is the primary imaging test used by CNI and in most hospitals and imaging centers to accomplish the following goals:

  • Identifying a tumor and determining its relationship to vital structures in the brain
  • Planning for surgical and non-surgical therapies
  • Identifying a residual or recurrent tumor

MR Spectroscopic Imaging, Multi-Voxel MR Spectroscopy, MR Perfusion, and Functional MRI
CNI neuroradiologists are the first in Colorado to use new techniques such as MR spectroscopic imaging, multi-voxel MR spectroscopy and MR perfusion imaging for the evaluation of brain tumor patients. MR spectroscopic imaging and multi-voxel MR spectroscopy are used to evaluate the metabolism of both normal and abnormal brain tissues. MR perfusion imaging uses state-of-the-art, ultra-fast MR scanners to evaluate blood flow to the brain. This is significant because untreated and recurrent malignant brain tumors typically have greater blood flow than normal brain tissue, benign tumors and successfully treated tumors. Functional MRI has the capability to identify important functional areas of the brain in such a way that neurosurgeons can plan their procedure more safely and aggressively, greatly benefiting the patient. These advanced techniques help specialists distinguish between normal brain tissue, untreated tumors and successfully treated tumors more precisely than would otherwise be possible with conventional CT and MR scanning alone.

CNI is one of the few centers in the US with the capability and neuroradiological expertise to perform and interpret these advanced tests. The availability of these techniques enables our specialists to better monitor the effectiveness of treatment and to detect recurrence more reliably than hospitals or imaging centers that rely solely on conventional CT and MR imaging.