Typical neurological procedures

A neurological exam tests muscle strength, reflexes, and coordination. Since different disorders can have similar symptoms, your neurologist may need more testing to make a diagnosis. Neurologists may use other types of tests, as well. Although they may not perform the test, they may order it, review it, and interpret the results.

To make a diagnosis, a neurologist may use the following:

  • computed tomography, or CT scan
  • Electroencephalogram, or EEG
  • magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI scan
  • positron emission tomography, or PET scan

Other diagnostic procedures include sleep studies and angiography.

Your neurologist may help you manage your symptoms and neurological disorder alone, or with your primary care physician and other specialists.