Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “MAGICAL HEAD“ to remember about the Diagnostic Tests for Migraine
M – MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): To visualize brain structures and rule out other causes.
A – Angiography: To check blood vessels for any abnormalities that may trigger migraines.
G – Glare Test (Photophobia Examination): To assess sensitivity to light, a common symptom in migraines.
I – ICT (Interictal EEG): To evaluate brain activity between migraine attacks.
C – CGRP Testing (Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide): Measures a protein linked to migraines.
A – Aura Assessment: To monitor and record visual, sensory, or other symptoms that often precede a migraine.
L – Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap): Rarely used, but can help rule out other conditions.
H – Hormone Panel: To check for hormonal triggers, especially in women.
E – Evoked Potentials Test: Measures the brain’s response to stimuli, which can be altered in migraines.
A – Allodynia Assessment: Evaluates pain sensitivity, which can be heightened during migraines.
D – Doppler Ultrasound: Used to examine blood flow in the head and neck.
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