The Interventional Neuroradiology service at Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides endovascular and percutaneous treatment of specific diseases involving the head, neck, face, and spine, with emergency care available 24-hours a day. These include treatments for stroke, intracranial atherosclerosis, arterial-venous malformations (AVMs), arterial-venous fistulae, and aneurysms in the neck and brain. For patients undergoing major surgeries to treat tumors of the head, neck, or spine, preoperative embolization is offered to decrease the blood supply to the tumor, which can dramatically reduce surgical blood loss. To treat vascular stenosis and blockages, angioplasty and/or stenting of the carotid arteries, vertebral arteries, and intracranial arteries are offered, as well as the most-advanced acute stroke therapies (including Penumbra, the Concentric Retriever, and intra-arterial thrombolysis). Emergency treatment of epistaxis (nosebleed) and head and neck vascular traumatic injuries is also available, as well as new treatments for venous sinus thrombosis. Treatment of Vertebral Compression Fractures (including kyphoplasty, and vertebroplasty) is offered, which can dramatically improve a patient’s comfort and level of activity. Other spine maladies are treated with Epidural Steroid Injections, Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections, Facet Joint Injections, and Selective Nerve Root Blocks.
A wide variety of specialized diagnostic tests, including cerebral and spinal angiography, venous sampling of inferior petrosal sinuses for Cushing's Syndrome, Wada testing, carotid or vertebral artery balloon test occlusions, and endovascular parathyroid hormone sampling are other components of the Interventional Neuroradiology service. Image guided biopsy for diagnosis of head and neck pathology using ultrasound, CT, or MR can also be obtained.
Dr. J.J. (Buddy) Connors is the Medical Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at Vanderbilt. He is recognized as an international leader in the field of Interventional Neuroradiology. He authored the first textbook in this field, and is a pioneer in multiple advancements, including endovascular stroke treatment, intracranial angioplasty, and the design and development of multiple technologies. At Vanderbilt, he is appointed as a Professor of Radiology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery. You can find more information about Dr. Connors at his Vanderbilt website by clicking HERE.
Interventional Neuroradiology is a component of the Neuroradiology section of the Radiology Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Consultation and interpretation of CT and MR studies of the head and neck include imaging of the brain, sinuses, skull base, temporal bones, oral cavity, nasopharynx, pharynx, larynx, brachial plexus, and orbits is available by Fellowship-trained Neuroradiology staff. High-resolution 3-D CT and MR imaging of complex cranial facial anomalies is available.