Our Services

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors improve the function of nerve cells in the brain. They work by preventing the breakdown of a chemical called...

Acute rehabilitation services

Recovery from serious illness or injury often requires intense physical, occupational and speech therapy. Once a patient is discharged from the...

Anesthetic or corticosteroid injections

Trigger point injections. Sometimes, putting pressure on a certain spot in the back (called a trigger point) can cause pain at that spot or...

Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs)

Initial treatment for epilepsy depends on the severity, frequency, and type of seizures and whether a cause for your condition has been...

Bone growth stimulator

Bone growth stimulators give electrical pulses that help the bones heal after spinal fusion surgery.

Cerebral angiogram

During this X-ray test, a catheter is inserted through a blood vessel in the groin or arm and moved up through the vessel into the brain. A dye is...

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of medicine to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is called a systemic treatment because the medicines enter the...

Clinical history

A detailed medical history is the most important part of diagnosing epilepsy. Try to provide as much information about your seizures as you can. If...

Clinical psychotherapy

Our therapists provide treatment for the mental and emotional effects related to a number of conditions including multiple sclerosis.

Cognitive disorders clinical trials

ELAN 301: A Phase III, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group, Efficacy and Safety Trial of Bapineuzumab...

Computed tomography angiography (CTA)

CT angiography is a test that can show if coronary arteries are becoming narrow from coronary artery disease. It can also show calcium buildup in...

Decompression laminectomy

Decompressive laminectomy is the most common type of surgery done to treat spinal stenosis. This surgery is done to relieve pressure on the spinal...

Disk arthroplasty

Disk arthroplasty is a surgical procedure in which a herniated spinal disk is removed and replaced with an artificial disk.

Diskogram

Diskography is a medical procedure that involves injecting a dye into the jellylike center of a spinal disk to help diagnose back problems. During...

Electroencephalograms (EEG)-adult

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain. Special sensors (electrodes) are attached...

Electroencephalograms (EEG)-pediatric

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain. Special sensors (electrodes) are attached...

Electromyography (EMG)

An electromyogram (EMG) measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. Nerve conduction studies measure how well and...

Endoscopic neurosurgery

Providence surgeons are improving care through endoscopic neurosurgery, an advanced procedure that uses a slender fiber-optic camera to improve...

Endovascular coiling procedure

During this procedure, a small tube is inserted into the affected artery and positioned near the aneurysm. Tiny metal coils are then moved through...

Endovascular therapies

More and more patients who were traditionally treated by open surgical methods are today benefiting from minimally invasive, endovascular...

Epidermal biopsies diagnosis

A small amount of skin may be removed and studied under a microscope to assist in diagnosis of peripheral nerve diseases. This can be done in the...

Epilepsy monitoring (EMU)

If you experience frequent seizures, you may be referred to an epilepsy monitoring unit for evaluation. This evaluation determines if your...

Epilepsy physical exam

A physical exam and detailed medical history often provide the best clues as to whether you have epilepsy and what type of epilepsy and seizures...

Epilepsy surgery

Some people with epileptic seizures do not respond to medicine but have great success with surgery. Anterior temporal lobectomy is the most...

Evoked potentials

Evoked potentials are diagnostic tests that can help detect problems with the nerve pathways of the body. Patients are given a stimulus, and the...

Eyes, ears, nose and throat exam

You may be asked to have a physical exam by a neuro-opthamologist or a neurotologist if your doctor needs help in diagnosing your condition related...

Intraoperative MRI (IMRI)

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is home to the world’s most advanced operating suite for brain tumors. With intraoperative magnetic...

Long-term EEG monitoring

A diagnostic test called an electroencephalogram, or EEG, can help determine if a patient is having seizures. An EEG is a test that records...

Lower back pain exam

Your doctor will begin by asking questions about your medical history, your symptoms, and your work and physical activities. He or she will also do...

Lumbar puncture

A lumbar puncture (also called a spinal tap) is a procedure to collect and look at the fluid (cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF) surrounding the brain...

Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)

A magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of blood vessels inside the body. It is...

Minimally invasive procedures

Providence neurosurgeons lead the region in minimally invasive procedures. These techniques allow them to treat conditions without surgery and with few, if any, incisions. 

Minimally invasive spine surgery

Providence neurosurgeons lead the region in minimally invasive procedures. These techniques allow them to treat conditions without surgery and with few, if any, incisions. 

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a simple, painless procedure. It uses a strong magnet and radio waves to produce high-quality pictures of...

MyChart

MyChart is a free service that gives you online access to your health record. Whether you're at work, at home or on the road, MyChart allows you to view your medical information, see instructions from your care team, pay bills and more. 

Myelogram

A myelogram uses a special dye (contrast material) and X-rays (fluoroscopy) to make pictures of the bones and the fluid-filled space (subarachnoid...

Neuro biplane catheterization lab

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Providence Portland Medical Center are homes to highly advanced cranial procedure labs. In these labs,...

Neuro Urology/Rehab

Neuro urology rehabilitation is provided by physical therapists who work with male and female patients who have fecal and urinary incontinence.

Neurological examination for multiple sclerosis

Before conducting a neurological examination for multiple sclerosis (MS), the doctor will collect information about your symptoms. The kinds of...

Neuropsychological testing

You may be asked to have a neuropsychological evaluation if your doctor needs help in diagnosing your condition. A clinical neuropsychologist has...

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is treatment to help people live as independently as possible. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who,...

Optical coherence tomography (OCT)

An optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan uses light beams to make detailed images of the inside of the eye. This test can find eye problems such...

Pediatric epilepsy monitoring

Pediatric epilepsy monitoring (EMU) is done with video for pediatric patients who have had difficulty controlling their seizures with medication,...

Pediatric occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps people live as independently as possible. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who, because of illness,...

Pediatric physical therapy

Physical therapy is a type of treatment for people whose health problems make it hard to move and do everyday tasks. It can help them move better, may relieve pain and help improve or restore physical function. 

Physical therapy

Physical therapy provides services for people of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, when medical problems or other health-related...

Positron emission tomography

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a test that uses a special type of camera and a tracer (radioactive chemical) to look at organs in the body....

Psychometric testing

During psychometric testing, you may be asked questions to understand how different parts of your brain are functioning. Commonly memory, language,...

Quantitative sudomotor axon reflex testing (QSART)

The quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test measures the amount of sweat that is produced near a nerve. The sweat glands are stimulated by the application of a small amount of electrical stimulation on the skin. You may be asked to have this test if your doctor needs additional information to diagnose you with a peripheral nerve disorder. 

Radiation therapy

External beam radiation therapy treatment, also called x-ray therapy, is directed at the tumor from a machine located away from your body, usually...

Radiology

X-rays are a form of radiation, like light or radio waves, that can be focused into a beam, much like a flashlight beam. Unlike a beam of light,...

Speech-language pathology

Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent speech, language and communication disorders. Speech-language pathologists...

Spinal fusion (arthrodesis)

Spinal fusion (arthrodesis) is a surgical procedure that joins, or fuses, two or more vertebrae. Spinal fusion is major surgery, usually lasting...

Spinal X-ray

Spinal X-rays are pictures of the spine to find injuries or diseases that affect the disks or joints in the spine. These include spinal fractures,...

Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome

Most people with carpal tunnel syndrome are treated without surgery. Surgery is considered only when: Symptoms have not improved after a long...

Surgical clipping

This surgery involves placing a small metal clip around the base of the aneurysm to isolate it from normal blood circulation. This decreases the...

Thrombolytic or 'clot busting' drugs

Thrombolytic or "clot-busting" drugs offer an emergency treatment option for some people who are having a stroke. 

Transcranial Doppler studies

A transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) may be used in children with sickle cell disease to evaluate their risk of stroke. In adults, TCD can be...

Vagal nerve stimulator

Similar to a pacemaker, a vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) is a small device implanted under the skin near your collarbone.

Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are surgeries that relieve pain from compression fractures of the spine due to osteoporosis, tumors or other conditions.

Visual field tests

Vision tests check many different functions of the eye. The tests measure your ability to see details at near and far distances, check for gaps or...

WADA testing

Your doctor may ask you to have a Wada test if you are a candidate for epilepsy surgery.  The Wada test checks to see which side of your brain is...