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Interventional Neuroradiology

Interventional Neuroradiology uses minimally invasive techniques to treat vascular problems of the brain and spine. These treatment strategies often involve the use of catheters to treat problems from inside the blood vessel (endovascular). Aneurysms, acute stroke, carotid stenosis and a number of other vascular diseases of the brain and spine may be treatable using Interventional Neuroradiology techniques. We also perform nonvascular pain treatments of the spine including vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and epidural steroid injections.

Interventional Neuroradiology Procedures


Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty

This minimally invasive procedure stabilizes a spinal fracture. A needle is guided into the fractured vertebra under x-ray guidance through a small puncture in the patient’s skin, and specially formulated acrylic bone cement is injected to stabilize the bone.

Diagnostic Angiograms

In this procedure, a catheter is inserted into the leg or arm. The radiologist will flush a dye through the arteries to check blood flow and locate aneurysms, vascular malformations, blockages, narrowed vessels or other abnormalities.

Carotid Stenting

This is a minimally invasive procedure to confirm the degree of vessel narrowing. During angioplasty, a balloon catheter is guided to the area of the blockage or narrowing to improve blood flow. A carotid stent is placed inside the artery to provide support and keep the artery open.

Cerebral Aneurysm Coiling

This is a minimally invasive treatment for aneurysms in the brain. A catheter is inserted through the skin and, using image-guidance, is maneuvered to the aneurysm. Coils are inserted through the catheter and placed at the site to occlude the aneurysm. Blood clots around the coils and helps block the flow of blood and keep the vessel from rupturing or leaking.

Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) and Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF) Embolizations

A minimally invasive treatment for vessel malformations and fistulas that occur in the brain. A catheter is inserted through the skin and, using image-guidance, is maneuvered through the body to the target, where it is used to deliver a liquid that clogs the abnormal connection and restores circulation.

Tumor Embolizations

Tumor embolization is used to reduce or block the blood supply to a tumor by injecting a blocking agent (embolic) through a catheter into a blood vessel. Blocking the blood supply to the tumor is intended to reduce blood loss during surgery.

Mechanical Thrombectomy for Acute Stroke

The current gold standard for acute large vessel occlusions in the brain. It involves mechanical removal of a blood clot. A catheter is inserted into a blood vessel, directing it to the blood vessels supplying the brain, and suctioning/trapping the clot, which is then removed from the body.

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Scheduling a Procedure


Patients need a referral from their specialist, surgeon or primary care physician for any Interventional Neuroradiology procedure. We also have a clinic to meet patients and review their imaging and management plans in depth. A nurse will contact you to make arrangements for the procedure, answer questions, and notify you of preparation instructions.

Call the minimally invasive experts at Midwest Radiology:

Interventional - East Metro: T: 651.917.9930
Interventional - North Metro: T: 763.792.1981
Interventional - South Metro: T: 952.345.4179
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Our Physicians


Midwest Radiology has the largest and most experienced Interventional Neuroradiology team of its kind in Minnesota, as well as one of the leading practices nationally. We are a multidisciplinary group working in tandem with neurosurgeons and neurologists at numerous hospitals and clinics across the Midwest. This collaboration of subspecialty trained experts with dedicated skill sets allows for developing the best possible management plan for patients. We are available 24/7 for consultations and second opinions.

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Advancing Health Through Research


The Physicians on the medical staff at Midwest Radiology are not only dedicated to improving the health and well-being of their patients but are also committed to advancing the field of Radiology for future generations. Our physicians are actively engaged in professional dialogue that benefits patient care through researching and publishing timely, pertinent, and important topics affecting the practice of Radiology. As a result, they improve their practices and serve as valuable assets to healthcare systems.

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