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The Neuroscience Institute offers the complete spectrum of diagnostics and treatment. With specialists from neurology, neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, neuropsychology and neurointerventional surgery, we offer advanced and individualized treatment plans for patients

Comprehensive Stroke Center

The stroke program at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple has been certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by Joint Commission since 2010. This distinction is given to centers that demonstrate their stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple's Comprehensive Stroke Center achievements include:

  • 2018 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Designation which recognizes demonstrated performance for 24 consecutive months or more.
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple is the 2018 recipient of Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award (American Heart Association/America Stroke Association) for quickly delivering clot busting medication. Providing this therapy quickly has the potential to improve patient outcomes for those who may suffer a stroke.
    • To achieve this award clot busting medication must be delivered within 60 minutes in at least 75 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients AND within 45 minutes in at least 50 percent of patients
    • For 2019, the median times for administration of clot busting medication was 43 minutes with 96.7 percent of patients receiving it within 60 minutes of emergency department arrival and 87.5 percent of patients receiving it within 45 minutes or less
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple had 99.2 percent compliance with all American Heart Association/America Stroke Association Stroke Measures in 2019
  • 82 patients were treated with clot busting (thrombolytic) medication in 2019
  • 34 patients were treated with mechanical endovascular reperfusion therapy in 2019
  • Fall 2019 regional report demonstrates a 0% serious complication rate for patients that have had a carotid endarterectomy or carotid stenting procedure at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple (below the national average). Serious complications can include stroke, death, or heart attack after the procedure. Some patients who have had a stroke or have stroke symptoms may have a blocked artery in the neck area or the artery could be narrowed which can cause a stroke or stroke symptoms because it decreases blood flow to the brain. In order to minimize the stroke risk a provider may recommend the patient has a carotid endarterectomy or carotid stenting procedure to restore blood flow in the neck artery and to the brain.

Learn how you can identify the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Stroke Risk Assessment Tool

Brain and Spine Tumor Program

The Scott & White Neuroscience Institute offers expert care for patients battling tumors of the brain and spine. In collaboration with the Scott & White Cancer Institute, the Brain and Spine Tumor Program provides advanced treatment for patients with brain tumors and neurologic complications of cancer.

Our Team: 

  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neuro-oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Surgical oncologists

Most brain and spine tumor patients will be seen in the Baylor Scott & White Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center – Temple on the Temple campus. There, they meet with a team of physicians to determine the best treatment options.

Plummer Movement Disorders Center

The Scott & White Plummer Movement Disorders Center (PMDC) is part of the division of Scott & White's Neurology Department within the Neuroscience Institute. The center offers a variety of treatments for patients suffering from movement disorders.

Diagnostic Methods

The full extent of a movement disorder may not be completely understood at first, but may be revealed with comprehensive medical evaluation and diagnostic testing.

Movement disorders also depend on a number of diagnostic tools, including:

  • Patient’s complete health history
  • Thorough neurological exam by a specialist
  • Complete family history
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • DAT scans (measure dopamine uptake in the brain)

Treatment Options

Scott & White offers a number of treatment options to provide relief from movement disorders, including:

  • Medication – to help control symptoms and manage depression or anxiety that may accompany the disorder  
  • Botox injections — to relieve muscle contractions and spasms
  • Lifestyle changes — exercise, diet or stress management
  • Supportive therapies — physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy
  • Surgery — depending on the extent of the symptoms
  • Deep brain stimulation —​ a surgical procedure used to treat certain neurologic conditions. In this type of treatment, an electrode is implanted surgically into the deep brain structures that influence movement. The conditions most commonly treated with DBS are Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and tremors​​

Epilepsy Center

Baylor Scott & White – Temple offers patients care for epilepsy, including medical and surgical treatments.

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