Neurodiagnostic Testing

SIH Brain & Spine Institute clinicians perform intricate, complex procedures with modern-day imaging and diagnostic tools such as the 3T MRI and Brainlab™ technology, typically available only in urban or academic centers. Memorial Hospital of Carbondale is proud to offer a variety of neurodiagnostic testing for the treatment and detection of stroke, epilepsy, tumors, spinal disorders and more. It is also applied in a variety of surgical procedures along with our state-of-the-art stereotactic navigation system (Brainlab), to reduce the potential risk of neurologic damage and ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.


The region’s first and only 3T MRI is now available at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. 3T is the most powerful magnet clinically available and offers crisp, high quality images for a more confident diagnosis. The new MRI also has a wider bore to make the experience more comfortable and less confining for patients.


Brainlab at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale uses image-guided surgery technology for less invasive and more accurate brain and spine surgery. With digital patient data uploaded to the Brainlab cranial neuronavigation application in the OR, surgeons can identify their approach before making an incision. Brainlab neuronavigation tracks instruments in real time and displays their position in relation to the patient data. Surgeons are guided through procedures, thus minimizing damage to healthy structures.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

An EEG may help diagnose:

  • Epilepsy
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Strokes
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Monitor neural activity while a patient is receiving general anesthesia during brain or spine surgery

We offer EEG testing with highly-trained technicians at all three SIH hospital facilities for out-patients, in-patients and in surgery for intraoperative monitoring.

Carotid Doppler Ultrasound

Carotid Doppler ultrasound is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to measure the flow of blood through the large carotid arteries that supply blood to the brain. The carotid doppler test can help our Neurologists to determine stroke risk and the need for preventive and therapeutic measures.