Brain and Spinal Tumors
My Doctor thinks I may have a Brain Tumor...
Why do I need an MRI?
There are many types of brain and spinal cord tumors; often an MRI is one of the diagnostic tools used to determine the size, position and nature of tumors. Not all tumors are malignant (or cancerous) in fact many are benign (not cancerous).
In many cases, when an MRI is performed to evaluate a tumor or growth, contrast media is used to enhance the diagnostic quality of the scan. Your doctor and the radiologists will work together to decide if contrast media is required. Special blood tests may be required before your exam, especially if you have a history of diabetes, kidney or liver disease, or if you are someone age 60 or more.
Our radiologists at the Cleveland Clinic, recently rated one of top hospitals in the country, are committed to providing you and your doctor with the most accurate diagnosis available. In the case of a brain or spinal MRI, that means only a dedicated Neuroradiologist (a radiologist that has undergone specialized training in the field of neurology and has passed a board examination in Neuroradiology) will interpret your exam. Comparison to any prior advanced imaging studies will be required to fully evaluate your condition. Click here to learn more about our radiology team.
Why Choose Smart Choice?
Smart Choice MRI opened its doors five years ago to provide patients in Southeastern Wisconsin with transparent and affordable imaging services. Many of us have seen our deductibles go up or have transitioned to high-deductible insurance plans. That’s why Smart Choice MRI charges just $600 for every MRI, including contrast exams. Click here to learn more about our transparent, low-cost pricing model.
Ready to Make an Appointment?
Ready to make an appointment or to learn more about Smart Choice MRI? To schedule an appointment or to send us a general inquiry, click here. We also welcome your questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 414-431-0309.
For Futher Information:
|National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
6116 Executive Boulevard, Ste. 3036A, MSC 8322
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322
Tel: 800-4-CANCER (422-6237) 800-332-8615 (TTY)
|American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)
2720 River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018-4117
Tel: 847-827-9910 800-886-2282
|Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation
20312 Watkins Meadow Drive
Germantown, MD 20876
Tel: 877-217-4166 301-515-2900
|Children's Brain Tumor Foundation
274 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212-448-9494 866-CBT-HOPE (228-4673)
|National Brain Tumor Society
East Coast Office 124 Watertown Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: 617-924-9997 800-770-8287
|Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information
1100 Peninsula Blvd.
Hewlett, NY 11557
Tel: 516-295-4740 888-295-4740
|American Cancer Society
National Home Office
250 Williams Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303-1002
Tel: 800-ACS-2345 (227-2345)
|International RadioSurgery Association
3002 N. Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
|Cushing's Support and Research Foundation
65 East India Row
Boston, MA 02110-3389
Fax: same as phone
|Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
302 Ridgefield Court
Asheville, NC 28806
Tel: 828-665-6891 800-253-6530
|Pituitary Network Association
P.O. Box 1958
Thousand Oaks, CA 91358
|Preuss Foundation, Inc. [For Brain Tumor Research]
2223 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
- Brain and Spinal Tumors: Hope Through Research
Brain and spinal cord tumors information sheet compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
- Headache: Hope Through Research
Information about headaches, including migraines, compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Tumor-Tracking Missiles: Researchers Develop a Possible New Treatment Strategy for Deadly Brain Tumors
December 2002 news summary on a potential new treatment for glioma brain tumors.
Genetic Analysis of Childhood Brain Tumors Improves Diagnosis And Predicts Survival
March 2002 news summary on genetic analysis of childhood brain tumors.
Brain Tumor Progress Review Group
Information about the Brain Tumor Progress Review Group, a joint effort by NINDS and NCI to organize and prioritize a national agenda for brain tumor research