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Neurological and Spinal Surgery


About Neurosurgery

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is equipped with advanced technology to ensure the best neurosurgical care of our patients, including the BrainLAB image-guided navigation system which allows our surgeons to minimize incisions and risk of complications.

Neurosurgery: Diagnostics 

If you are referred to the Neurosciences Center, your physicians will order one or more diagnostic tests to better analyze your condition and determine the best treatment options for you. The following are descriptions of some of the most common diagnostic tests that our surgeons use for evaluating patients.

  • Angiogram—a type of x-ray test that determines whether a blood vessel is diseased, narrowed, enlarged or blocked.
  • Carotid Ultrasound—a non-invasive test that evaluates the blood flow through the carotid arteries in your neck. 
  • Cervical or Lumbar Myelograms—an x-ray examination of the neck or the lower back. 
  • Computed Tomography (CT)—a two-dimensional computerized map of the body. The x-ray beams can detect the density of an organ or of the bones. This imaging can help to diagnose a variety of injuries and disorders.  Our hospital is the only one in the region to offer Dual Source CT and intra-operative CT Smart OR®— both of which are the very latest advance in clinical CT technology.
  • Discogram—a study of the discs that are the cushions between the bones of the spine. 
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)—uses a combination of a large magnet, radio frequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. Our hospital offers 3.0 Tesla MRI and intra-operative MRI Smart OR®— the very latest advance in clinical MRI technology. 

Neurosurgical Procedures

For more information, call us at 715-717-4315

Phillip J Porter, MD
Wisconsin Brain and Spine

Kamal Thapar, MD
Wisconsin Brain and Spine