MRI Improves Diagnosis of Microbleeding after Brain Injury

Providence Imaging Center is delighted to offer a specialized MRI sequence utilizing SWI (Susceptibility Weighted Imaging). The technique called SWAN* allows specialists to see brain vasculature in exquisite detail in one quick, easy scan.

This service is available on Anchorage’s most advanced 3 Tesla magnet at Providence Imaging Center.

* Propriety GE Healthcare acronym which stands for “3D T2-Star Weighted ANgiography”Providence Imaging Center on the Providence Hospital campus provides 3 Tesla MRI susceptibility weighted imaging in Anchorage.

MRI brain imaging with SWAN allows our neuroradiologists to:

  • Visualize major vessels and large vascular structures
  • Reproducibly image and accurately delineate small vessels and microbleeds
  • Assess iron and calcium deposits in tissue
  • Image the whole brain in 3D high resolution in as little as 3-4 minutes
  • Make more accurate, more confident differential diagnoses in patients with hemorrhages, cerebrovascular and ischemic brain diseases, TBIs, arteriovenous malformations, neurodegenerative diseases and a variety of other lesions

Meet our SWAN experts: Gerald York, MD, provides interpretation support for Providence Imaging Center, and is a member of Alaska Radiology Associates.Bryan Winn, MD, provides interpretation support for Providence Imaging Center, and is a member of Alaska Radiology Associates.

Neuroradiologists Gerald York, MD and Bryan Winn, MD