Neurointerventional Radiology

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Interventional Neuroradiology Section

Interventional Neuroradiology is a medical specialty primarily concerned with minimally invasive treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spine. Using advanced imaging and guidance techniques, both diagnosis and treatment of many conditions affecting the brain and spine can be done by navigating catheters and devices through arteries and veins, without the need for open surgery. The NYULMC Bernard and Irene Schwarz Neurointerventional Center is an internationally acclaimed center of excellence; many techniques and devices, such as the neuroform stent and Pipeline Embolization Device, developed under the direction of Dr. Peter Kim Nelson, section chief of neurointerveitonal radiology, revolutionized treatment of cerebral aneurysms around the world.

Some of the more common conditions which are treated by neurointerventoinal techniques include Cerebral (Brain) Aneurysms, Brain Arteriovenous Malformations, and Brain Dural Fistulas. Patients suffering from Acute Ischemic Stroke can dramatically benefit from Transarterial Thrombectomy or Thrombolysis – techniques where occluded brain arteries can be re-opened to allow for restoration of blood flow to the brain – a life- and brain-saving intervention which is an integral part of the Comprehensive NYULMC Stroke Program. The Section has extensive and unique experience in diagnosis and treatment of the relatively rare but important vascular disorders of the spinal cord, such as the Spinal Dural Fistula, Spinal Pial Fistula, and others – conditions where even more subspecialized neurointerventional and neurosurgical expertise is required. Other procedures typically performed by the Section include Preoperative Tumor Embolization, Cerebral Activation (WADA) testing, and Vertebral Augmentation. A large bulk of the Section’s practice consists of Diagnostic Cerebral Angiography and Diagnostic Spinal Angiography, procedures where especially detailed images of the brain and spine vascular system are required to answer questions that can not be adequately addressed by currently available CT and MRI techniques, evaluating conditions such as CNS Vasculitis, Moya-Moya Disease, Pulsatile (Vascular) Tinnitus, Mycotic Aneurysms, among others. Our center, as many others of its type, exists in a setting of institutional excellence in Neurosciences, which includes Departments of Diagnostic Radiology Neurology, and Neurosurgery. As an academic institution, our faculty is involved in multiple venues of research, as can be seen on the individual member pages below. The Center supports a world-renowned fellowship program, training future neurointerventionalists from various clinical backgrounds and training locales. For more information, both patients and clinicians can contact the section at its central numbers 1-212-263-6008 or 646-389-9008

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