Neurological Programs and Services

Primary Stroke Center

Tucson Medical Center has been awarded Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, nationally recognized accreditation authority. It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the hospital’s stroke program.

Tucson Medical Center has adopted the current clinical guidelines from the Brain Attack Coalition (BAC) and the American Stroke Association.  The care is delivered by experts within the fields of neurology, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, radiology, neuroscience nursing, and rehabilitation medicine.  This process, termed Neuro Red ensures that patients receive timely care in the critical few hours after the onset of stroke symptoms.This specialized care is provided through a coordinated, multidisciplinary team approach across the continuum of care from acute inpatient to outpatient to community re-entry. 

Interventional Neuroradiological Coverage 24/7

TMC and Radiology Ltd. are providing 24-hour-a-day coverage by interventional neuroradiologists for the TMC Emergency Department and inpatient hospital units. This expert team specializes in diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology with experience in intracracial angioplasty, intracracial stenting and endovascular treatment of aneurysms.  With this coverage, TMC is uniquely equipped to care for patients with complex ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes requiring specialized endovascular or neurosurgical treatment.

Epilepsy Monitoring

Tucson Medical Center has Epilepsy Monitoring Units for both pediatric and adult patients. TMC provides an easy, efficient process for patients requiring audiovisual EEG monitoring for treatment and diagnosis. In addition, TMC now offers Phase I and II epilepsy monitoring. Patients are admitted to the hospital, to determine the whereabouts of the brain seizures and to evaluate potential surgical treatment options.  Board certified pediatric and adult epileptologists oversee this extensive monitoring.

Parkinson's

We are the only hospital in the region with a Deep Brain Stimulation Clinic, providing relief for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological degeneration. 

Diagnostics

TMC is the home of Southern Arizona's only hyperbaric chamber as well as a Sleep Diagnostics Lab. Diagnostic services include X-ray, CT Scan, MRI, EEG (electroencaphlalogaphy), EMG (electromyography), nerve conduction studies and other tests.

An electroencephalogram, or EEG, measures and records the electrical activity of the brain. Certain conditions can be seen by the changes in the normal pattern of the brain's electrical activity. As an outpatient procedure, an EEG is useful in confirming epilepsy, to study sleep disorders, to check for problems with loss of consciousness or dementia, to help find out if a person has problems in the brain, spinal cord, or nervous system, or to determine if a person has a mental health problem.

Evoked potential tests, or EVPs, help diagnose disorders of the nervous system, locate the site of nerve damage or brain tumors, evaluate a patient's condition after treatment or to monitor a patient during surgery. These tests measure the time it takes for nerves to respond to stimulation. Disease or other damage to the nervous system can affect how well nerves send messages to the brain. Muscle weakness, pain or numbness, vision or hearing problems, and other conditions may result. Nerves from different areas of the body may be tested. TMC offers a number of EVP tests, including BAER (brainstem auditory evoked potential), visual, touch and hearing studies.

We have a dedicated suite in our Cath Lab for neurological diagnostics. Primarily the suite is used for neuroangiograms. An angiogram is an X-ray test that uses a special dye and camera to take pictures of blood flow in the blood vessels. For neurology patients, the focus of the test is typically the brain (cerebral angiogram), or the head and neck (carotid angiogram).

An angiogram can find a bulge in a blood vessel (aneurysm). It can also show narrowing or a blockage in a blood vessel that slows or stops blood flow. An abnormal pattern of blood vessels or abnormal vessels near a tumor can also be seen.

Vascular Lab

TMC's Vascular was the first laboratory of its type in Southern Arizona. Our Vascular Laboratory provides physicians with information to assist in the management of vascular problems.

Other Programs

  • Movement Disorder Clinic
  • Spine Program
  • NeuroOncology
  • Interventional Neuroradiology
  • NeuroSurgery
  • NeuroRehabilitation
  • Regional Referral