Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy | MRS

At MaineHealth, we have state-of-the-art diagnostic tools that give a clear picture of neurological problems. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), also known as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), provides detailed images of brain and spine disorders.

Our board-certified specialists have the training and skills to review the findings. Patients with stroke, epilepsy, and other serious neurological problems get the evaluation and care they need.

What is an NMR?

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is a test that looks at changes in brain tumors and other diseases that affect the brain and spine. An NMR checks for tissue changes in stroke and epilepsy patients. An MRS compares normal brain tissue and abnormal brain tissue.

An NMR is done on the same machine as an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). A large magnet and radio waves are used to make the picture of your brain. But an NMR also checks the chemistry of brain tissue.

NMRs have also been used to look at the chemistry of other organs.

Advanced imaging tools for the most complex cases

Maine Medical Center’s Neuroscience Institute in Portland offers magnetic resonance spectroscopy and other neurological imaging services. The center does some of the most advanced imaging studies in Maine and New Hampshire of patients with brain and spine disorders.

Neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuro-radiologists work together as a team to deliver exceptional and compassionate care.

They see some of the most complex cases that involve diseases, injuries and problems with the head, neck and spine. They work to coordinate care with your primary care provider in the community.