Ascension Medical Group Chiari Care

  • Specialty Care
Mon - Thurs: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Testing and Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test used at The Wisconsin Chiari Center to determine the specific parameters of each patient’s Chiari malformation.

MRI imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the cranial region. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or copied to CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).

Currently, MRI is the most sensitive imaging test of the head (particularly in the brain) in routine clinical practice.

For more information, please go to:  http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?PG=headmr

Blood Tests

There are many other conditions with symptoms that mimic those of Chiari Malformation. In order to rule out other conditions that may be causing your symptoms, we will conduct a panel of blood tests.


Neurodiagnostics is the study of electrical activity from the brain and nervous system. In order to give you the most accurate diagnosis, you will undergo a series of neurodiagnostic tests at The Wisconsin Chiari Center. These tests will help us determine if your symptoms are being caused by Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, cervical stenosis, tethered cord syndrome, or another condition.