Interventional neuroradiology uses advanced minimally invasive (endovascular) techniques to treat many serious diseases affecting the brain and central nervous system. These image-guided therapies may be used to address what were previously difficult-to-treat or even untreatable conditions.
Interventional neuroradiology procedures may result in a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, reduced pain, and less risk of complications. Conditions that may be treated with these techniques include:
- Brain aneurysms
- Brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- Carotid-cavernous fistulae
- Dural arteriovenous fistulae
- Extracranial (brachiocephalic) atherosclerosis
- Extracranial and paraspinal vascular malformations
- Head and neck tumors
- Intracranial atherosclerosis
- Juvenile nasopharyngeal tumors
- Spinal vascular malformations
- Vertebral body compression fractures
- Vertebral body tumors
Advanced Technology on the Brain and Spine
Baylor Scott & White – Plano’s advanced neuroradiology technology can improve the diagnoses and treatment of stroke, brain aneurysms, brain and neck tumors, and other neurological conditions.
The hospital’s neurointerventional biplane angiography suite produces highly detailed three-dimensional views of blood vessels leading to the brain and deep within it. The biplane system produces images simultaneously from two regions of the patient’s head: from front-to-back and from side-to-side. The suite may benefit patients by reducing the amount of contrast material required, improving visualization for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and shortening procedure times.
The system also includes software for CT scanning the area if additional information about the brain and surrounding tissue is needed to plan treatment. The images produced by the biplane system aid physicians on the medical staff in performing neurointerventional procedures.