Originally developed in the 1980s by radiologists and neurological surgeons, interventional neuroradiology is made possible by dramatic advances in computer technology and state-of-the-art equipment.
Above: Marcel Maya, MD, and Franklin G. Moser, MD, discuss an aneurysm.
Essentially, interventional neuroradiology therapies are accomplished through microcatheters inserted in the groin area and, under X-ray guidance, threaded through the blood vessels leading into the brain.
Interventional neuroradiologists currently employ minimally invasive procedures to accomplish a wide variety of treatments including: stroke treatment by delivering clot-busting drugs directly to the site of the blockage; aneurysm therapy by inserting platinum coils into the aneurysm bulge to prevent clotting and rupture; and spinal treatments by injecting cement into a fractured vertebra in order to reinforce the bone.
- Ablations: metastatic spine tumors
- Aneurysm coiling/treatment
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) embolization
- Balloon occlusion test
- Carotid angioplasty/stenting
- Epidural steroid injection (or epidural block)
- Facet block
- Multiple myeloma fracture treatment: see vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty below
- Stroke treatments
- Cerebral tumor embolization
- Vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty for vertebral (spinal) compression fracture management
The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake and West Hollywood.