Neurointerventional specialists are trained to use special non-surgical technologies or procedures to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders related to the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These procedures and technologies use image-guided catheters to treat the brain and spine without the use of surgical incisions.
Neurointerventional is a relatively new but growing specialty that uses minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat disorders of the blood vessels of the spine, neck and head. Working closely with neurologists and neurosurgeons, neurointerventionalists use microcatheters, stents, balloons and similar devices to diagnose/treat aneurysm, vascular formations, clots, strokes, etc.
In the past, certain conditions that would have required open surgery such as aneurysms, vascular malformations, and tumors of the head, brain, neck and spine can now be considered for a minimally invasive procedure that uses the veins and arteries of the body to reach the problem.