What is a Brain Dock?
A brain dock is a type of medical checkup that uses brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), and carotid ultrasonography to diagnose brain-related diseases or to detect the risk of diseases at an early stage. In other words, it is not a treatment, but a diagnosis, by observing the condition of the brain at the time of the examination. Although the human health check is well known, it does not usually cover brain examinations; a separate brain check is required to examine the brain as it is difficult to identify brain diseases based on data from physical examination alone.
Brain dock may diagnose cerebrovascular diseases (asymptomatic cerebral infarction, unruptured cerebral aneurysm etc.,), brain tumors, dementia, and other diseases. This increases the likelihood of an early detection, and appropriate action. One of the advantages of having a brain check is that you can review your life. If there are any risk factors found during the physical examination or checkup, it will be taken into consideration. However, this can be an opportunity to reduce the risk of future cerebrovascular diseases through lifestyle improvement.
Just because one has undergone a brain check and confirmed to be free of disease does not mean that one is safe for a long time thereafter. Periodic examinations are necessary at certain intervals, similar to health checkups and physical examinations.