Cleveland Clinic imaging resources in Las Vegas: Why you can expect more
Your scan will be performed in the imaging department at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas, where we offer same-day access and results are usually available within 24 hours.
In addition to being close, convenient and comfortable, imaging at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is backed by the full resources of Cleveland Clinic, a recognized world leader in medicine, with an Imaging Institute staffed by board-certified, academically trained subspecialty radiologists. Collectively, they interpret more than 1.8 million exams per year, receiving scans digitally from all Cleveland Clinic imaging center locations and quickly returning exam results to your physician. This technology ensures that you don’t need to travel far from home to have your exam images expertly evaluated.
Once your scan has been interpreted, both you and your Cleveland Clinic physician will have immediate access to the images online via our integrated electronic medical record system, MyChart. Your physician can then expedite diagnosis and treatment.
Neuroimaging: windows into the brain
Effective treatment for any disease begins with accurate diagnosis. While short-term memory loss, judgment and reasoning impairment are indeed trademark symptoms of cognitive and movement disorders, these symptoms are also shared by other conditions. Therefore, the initial step is a thorough investigation by an experienced physician including laboratory testing and brain imaging to exclude conditions other than Alzheimer's (AD).
Brain imaging is a key component of the care we provide at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Our physicians use state-of-the-art imaging technologies and expert interpretations to help them diagnose and rule out disease, manage treatment and, increasingly, understand who is at risk for developing serious brain disorders.
We offer same-day access for imaging services and results are usually available within 24 hours.
Our center offers the most technologically advanced imaging services, performed by Cleveland Clinic's Imaging Institute, one of the leading neuroimaging centers in the world. Our services include:
- Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain
- Positron emission tomography, metabolic or amyloid scanning
- Functional MRIs (fMRIs)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
The exceptionally strong magnetic field of our 3.0 Tesla high-field open-bore MRI scanner results in superior image quality and short scan times. This scanner features advanced capabilities that allow performance of exams most other systems are unable to acquire. Thus, our radiologists gain the ability to see into the body in new ways, to detect and diagnose disorders at earlier stages, and to gather valuable information for research.
With its innovative design, the scanner can accommodate virtually all types of patients, including those with large body mass and those with claustrophobia. Our radiologists obtain the detailed images they need to provide the highest-quality care, at no sacrifice of patient comfort.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses magnetic fields to generate clear images of the brain. Researchers use MRI to measure the size of brain structures. Doing so enables them to see loss of volume in specific regions of the brain that indicate AD and see changes in brain volume and structure that reveal how the disease is progressing.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the technology of choice for visualizing brain disorders. Painless and noninvasive, MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves to produce magnificently detailed images of the brain.
The powerful magnets cannot be used for patients with certain metal implants, such as pacemakers. For these patients, we offer computerized tomography (CT), a technology that uses X-rays and computers to acquire images.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Positron Emission Tomography provides a non-invasive, safe, and painless window into the brain that enables scientists to confirm diagnostics. PET is expected to play a key role in evaluating the efficacy of new drug treatments designed to delay the progress of AD.
PET is a nuclear medicine exam that demonstrates changes in brain metabolism relevant to Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, frontotemporal dementia and many other brain disorders. Amyloid imaging via brain PET is widely used in Alzheimer's clinical trials, and has been approved for clinical use. PET can also demonstrate transmitter system abnormalities in Parkinson's disease, and can be used in other brain diseases and medical conditions.
Additional Imaging Options
Twisted a knee? Wrenched your shoulder? The imaging services at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health aren’t just for brains. MRI, CT and PET images made in Las Vegas at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health are interpreted by sub-specialized radiologists in Ohio. The images are available online within 24 hours to you and your physicians at Cleveland Clinic and throughout the community. Call us at 702.701.7948 for an appointment.