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Neurotrauma & Critical Care

International Leader in Neurotrauma

Welcome to the Neurotrauma & Neuroscience Critical Care Program, part of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Patients suffering from neurological and neurosurgical emergencies require immediate life-saving measures and treatment.

As the first hospital in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex, we provide around-the-clock, cutting-edge neurocritical care at our 32-bed modern Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit equipped with the latest medical technologies, including a multimodal brain monitoring system.

Our multidisciplinary neurocritical care team provides world class medicine and surgery for patients with life-threatening neurological conditions such as ischemic stroke, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, status epilepticus, traumatic brain and spine injury, and other neurological disorders with multiple-organ failure. Through groundbreaking research and innovation, we continue to provide leading expertise in saving lives beyond expectation.

Neuro Intensive Care Unit

Mischer Neuroscience Institute houses the largest and busiest Neuroscience ICU of its kind in the region. With the most experienced neurointensivists and advanced practice providers, our critical care team provides unparalleled care for the sickest, most vulnerable patients in our region.

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is usually the result of a sudden, violent blow to the head. Half of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by collisions involving cars, motorcycles and bicycles. TBI may also occur when a projectile, such as a bullet, rock or fragment of a fractured skull actually penetrates the brain.

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Common Diagnostic Tests for Brain Injury Patients

While physical examination helps physicians determine the type of brain injury suffered by a patient, other tests can provide more detailed information regarding treatment. Some common treatments include:

Computed Tomography (CAT Scan)

A CAT , or CT, scan uses a computer system to give a detailed picture of brain tissue to determine where the brain was injured. During the test, the patient lies on a table with his or her head in a large, donut-shaped machine that takes pictures of the brain. The scan generally takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is painless.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

An MRI is a test that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to give physicians a 3-D picture of the brain. During an MRI, which is painless, a patient must lie still within the MRI scanner for approximately 30 minutes. An MRI can be used for a more in-depth look of the brain than other imaging methods.

Electroencephalography (EEG)

An EEG measures and records the electrical activity in the brain. An EEG is painless and can be helpful in diagnosing seizures.


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