Neurology

Neurology and Neurologists

The neurology departments at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals offer diagnosis and treatment of brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve disorders.  Rhode Island Hospital offers outpatient and inpatient neurology programs and services. The Miriam Hospital offers inpatient neurology care. Newport Neurology at Newport Hospital offers consultations, diagnostic testing and treatment for a wide range of neurologic conditions, from seizure disorders to migraines.

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Contact Us

For more information about neurology services at Lifespan call 401-444-8795.

Conditions We Treat

Our services Include treatment of:

Neurology Laboratories

  • The Neuromuscular Laboratory aids in the diagnosis of a neuromuscular disease. Physicians use specialized tests called nerve conduction studies and electromyogram (also known as EMG) to perform functional examinations on muscles and nerves.
  • The Electroencephalogram (EEG) Laboratory aids in the diagnosis of seizure disorders, metabolic disturbances, sleep disorders, and structural disorders, such as hemorrhage, tumors, and degenerative and infectious diseases. The laboratory is equipped with a closed-circuit TV recording system and scanner reading equipment.
  • The Electromyogram (EMG) Laboratory aids in the diagnosis of diseases of the spinal cord, cranial nerves, brainstem, root or plexus, peripheral nerve, neuromuscular transmission and muscle. The laboratory provides standard nerve conduction testing and electromyography with special expertise in neuromuscular disease, single-fiber EMG, near-nerve EMG, evoked potentials, intraoperative neurophysiology, botulinum/chemo degeneration and pediatric EMG.
  • The Cerebrovascular Laboratory aids in the diagnosis of transient ischemic attacks, strokes and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Equipment includes a carotid duplex scanner and a transcranial Doppler.
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Clinical Trials for Neurological Disorders

Research is currently being conducted to learn more about neurological disorders and how they affect our patients. 

What is Neurology?

Neurology explores the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system, which includes the brain. It is a field that is evolving quickly and that requires skills in science, technology, medicine, and engineering, leading to innovative solutions for people of all ages.

Neurology examines the nervous system and how it impacts our lives. At Lifespan, our doctors, clinicians, and researchers work with new technology and treatments to improve the lives and well-being of individuals within our communities and surrounding region.

What is a Neurologist?

A neurologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Neurologists do not perform surgery; neurosurgeons do, though neurologists and neurosurgeons collaborate when a patient’s treatment plan requires it.

Neurologists are highly trained clinicians capable of diagnosing complex conditions through a detailed history and physical examination, including testing of mental status, vision, speech, strength, sensation, coordination, reflexes, and gait.

When Should You See a Neurologist?

We all experience occasional symptoms that make us feel a bit “off” but knowing when the signs are serious enough to seek medical help is vital. Overall, if you or someone you love is showing symptoms that are persistent and interfering with daily living, it is advisable to speak to your primary care provider and request a referral to a neurologist.

What to Expect at Your First Neurologist Visit

Neurologists are using groundbreaking therapies, technology, and treatments to help treat diseases of the nervous system. A visit with a neurologist is an opportunity for you to discuss the most important issues that have changed in your behavior, appearance, and ability to fully live your life. You can anticipate a physical exam that focuses on your brain and nerves. The neurologist may check your:

  • Mental status
  • Speech
  • Vision
  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Reflexes
  • Sensation (how well you feel things)

Depending on your symptoms, the neurologist may require follow-up testing. For more information about neurology services at Lifespan call 401-444-8795.

Lifespan Locations

Over 1,620 hospitals and clinics throughout Rhode Island, here are some featured locations: