The University of Michigan Health System’s Neurointerventional Radiology Division uses minimally-invasive procedures to diagnose and treat a wide range of cerebrovascular disorders (involving the brain, head, neck, spine and spinal cord regions). Our experienced team consists of specialists in neurointerventional radiology and endovascular medicine who are leaders in their fields along with nurses and support staff.
We treat a wide range of conditions including:
- Brain aneurysm
- Arteriovenous Malformations of the Brain and Spine
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Carotid-Cavernous Fistual (CCF)
- Compression Fracture
- Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF)
- Spinal Vascular Malformations
- Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease
- Vascular Malformations (lymphatic malformations, venous malformations, peripheral AVMs, and vascular tumors)
- Pediatric spinal and cerebral vascular malformations
We provide the following interventions and procedures:
- Diagnostic Tests (Cerebral Angiogram, MRI/CT, Petrosal Sinus Sampling, Spinal Angiogram, WADA Testing)
- Embolization for Bleeding (nosebleeds and carotid blowout)
- Emergency Stroke Therapy
- Temporary and Permanent Vessel Occlusion
- Tumor Embolization of the head and neck
- Cryotherapy/nanoknife or other treatment for tumors of the head, neck and spine
A Team Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Cerebrovascular Disease
Our specialists work closely with physicians in neurosurgery, neurology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, pediatric neurosurgery and other departments to provide the most thorough care possible. We use state-of-the art tools within our interventional neuroradiology suites including the latest equipment for endovascular management of stroke, aneurysm therapy and intracranial atherosclerotic disease.
We are a Center of Excellence and part of the Cerebrovascular Disease program, meaning we often see patients who can’t be treated adequately at other facilities. Our team performs more than 900 cerebrovascular interventions and diagnostic angiograms every year and treats both adult and pediatric patients.
As a first step, most patients who come to us receive a cerebral angiogram to determine the best way to proceed with their care. Some may also need to have additional imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan.
Our facilities are equipped with the latest technology including 64-slice CT scanners and six interventional angiography suites, two of which have biplane capability, allowing patients to receive an angiogram and CT scan without being moved, which lessens risk and saves time for the patient.
It’s important to remember that cerebrovascular conditions can’t always be treated with neurointerventional radiology alone and may require surgery or other procedures. That’s why we work in close collaboration with neurosurgery and other U-M departments to ensure the whole spectrum of treatment is covered and patients receive optimal care. We also are part of U-M’s Cerebrovascular Research Lab and participate in multicenter national and international clinical trials.