The Interventional Neuroradiology Program at Palms of Pasadena Hospital provides specialized diagnosis and treatment for neurovascular abnormalities of the brain, head, neck and spine. The physicians who provide care are board-certified neuroradiologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and vascular lesions of the brain, head, neck and spine, including:
- Brain Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
- Carotid-Cavernous Fistulae
- Dural Arteriovenous Fistulae
- Extracranial (Brachiocephalic) Atherosclerosis
- Extracranial (Head and Neck) and Paraspinal Vascular Malformations
- Vertebral Body Compression Fractures
- Head and Neck Tumors
- Intracranial Atherosclerosis
- Spinal Vascular Malformations
- Traumatic Vascular Lesions
- Vertebral Body Tumors
The program features a new special procedures facility designed specifically for interventional neuroradiology studies with advanced technologies including CT scanner, MRI scanner, and ultrasound and x-ray equipment.
Our specialists provide comprehensive services including embolization of intracranial aneurysms, the endovascular treatment of acute stroke, tumor embolization, intracranial stenting, and embolization of intracranial arteriovenous malformations.
Carotid Artery Stenting
Carotid artery stenting is used to treat narrowing in the carotid artery, often caused by plaque. Plaque in the artery may result in an ischemic stroke by either decreasing blood flow to the brain or by breaking loose and depriving a portion of the brain of blood flow. In patients at high risk of having a stroke, the narrowed section of artery may be reopened through angioplasty and reinforced with a stent (a small mesh tube), to prevent the stroke from occurring.
Intracranial Stent Placement
Intracranial stent placement is used to treat the narrowing of the arteries within the brain. Plaque in the artery may result in an ischemic stroke by either decreasing blood flow to the brain or by breaking loose and depriving a portion of the brain of blood flow. In patients at high risk of having a stroke, the narrowed section of artery may be reopened through angioplasty and reinforced with a stent (a small mesh tube), to prevent the stroke from occurring.
Clot-dissolving drugs are used to dissolve blood clots and limit the damage caused by blockage of the blood vessel. These drugs are usually effective if administered intravenously or intraarterial.
Clot removal uses image guidance and a device called a Mechanical Embolus Removal in Cerebral Ischemia (MERCI) Retriever to safely remove a clot from the brain. Many patients experience a significant recovery following the removal of the clot.
Treatment for Atervenous Malformation (AVM)
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an abnormal connection between an artery and vein, most often found in the brain or spinal cord. Blood may flow directly from the artery to the vein, keeping blood from fully circulating and from delivering oxygen where it is needed.
How it works
Catheter embolization is used to treat this disease. Using x-ray imaging and a contrast material to visualize the blood vessel, your neurointerventional radiologist inserts a catheter (through a nick in the skin) into a blood vessel and advances it to the treatment site. A medical material made up of tiny particles (called an embolic agent) is then inserted through the catheter. The embolic agent will block the blood vessel and reduce blood flow into the AVM.
To learn more about Interventional Neuroradiology at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, please call 727-341-7533.