The Department of Radiology at North Shore University Hospital has established an advanced Neurointerventional Radiology Program that allows procedures such as endovascular intracranial interventions; head, neck and intracranial tumor embolization; extracranial and intracranial angioplasty and stenting; intracranial thrombolysis; and spinal column and spinal cord embolization to be performed here on Long Island. Patients who needed complex interventions used to have to travel to New York City for them since there were no programs based on Long Island or in Queens.
The term “interventional” refers to the diagnostic and many preventative and/or therapeutic options now available in healthcare. Once limited to diagnostic imaging, continuing developments have enabled neuroradiologists to treat patients using minimally invasive techniques. This new technology allows for advanced imaging techniques, improved contrast resolution, reduction in radiation exposure to the patient and a more comprehensive view of neurovascular structures. Procedures like cerebral angiograms allow neurointerventionalists to get a better view of vascular lesions of the brain and spine, while cerebral embolization now offers a new method of treatment for many types of lesions.
Neurointerventional techniques can replace surgery in some cases and are generally easier for patients to tolerate as they involve no large incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times.
The creation of the Neurointerventional Radiology Program is part of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System’s ongoing commitment to bringing the best in care to patients in the communities it serves.
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