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, co-chair of the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center, 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.