Our neuroradiologists use advanced imaging tools to see inside the brain, head, neck and spine. These techniques allow for clearer, less invasive access to the diseases, disorders and injuries causing neurological problems.
BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. We believe in comprehensive, expert care for all our patients. You have access to an entire team of specialists who work together to provide safe, effective treatment. Our neuroradiologists and interventional neuroradiologists diagnose and treat a full range of conditions affecting the brain, head, neck and spinal cord.
- Advanced technology: Our neuroradiologists have access to some of the most advanced imaging tools in the world. Your care may include MRI, positron emission tomography (PET), CT scans, angiography, ultrasound or X-rays.
- Interventional techniques: Thanks to interventional neuroradiology services, you have access to treatments that result in faster recoveries and better healing. These techniques allow us to offer very targeted treatments with minimal or no incisions.
- State-of-the-art facilities: Our health system includes the most well-equipped and staffed facility in the St. Louis region for management of neurovascular disorders. Our system is home to two $2 million bi-plane digital angiographic units dedicated to neurovascular procedures.
- Recognized expertise: The interventional neuroradiology service at the Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Neuroscience Center is the largest in the region and one of the busiest in the country. Our specialists are recognized experts in the field.
Interventional neuroradiologists treat disorders of the blood vessels of the brain, spine, head and neck. They use a minimally invasive approach, working from within the blood vessels.
An interventional neuroradiologist uses tiny catheters (tubes) and precise imaging equipment to perform procedures through small incisions. These techniques lead to lower risks and better outcomes.
Neuroradiologists diagnose and treat a range of brain and spine conditions. Most often, we treat conditions that affect the blood vessels in the brain or spine, including:
- AneurysmAn aneurysm is a weakened section of an artery wall. Aneurysms can rupture (burst) and lead to a stroke or death.
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)An AVM is an irregular connection between veins and arteries in the brain.
- Carotid cavernous fistulas (CCFs)A CCF is an irregular connection between the blood vessel supplying blood to the brain (carotid artery) and the space behind the eye that contains blood from the brain and pituitary gland (cavernous sinus).
- Carotid, vertebral and cerebral arterial stenosesStenosis refers to narrowing in an artery. This narrowing can occur in the carotid arteries, arteries along the spine (vertebral arteries) or in the brain (cerebral arteries).
- Spinal malformationsIrregular tangles of blood vessels form along the spine. These malformations may block blood flow or put pressure on your spinal cord.
- StrokeA stroke occurs when there's a disruption in blood flow in your brain. Stroke requires emergency treatment to minimize brain damage.
- Vascular tumorsThese tumors form from the cells that make your blood vessels. They can occur anywhere throughout the body.
- VasospasmVasospasm occurs when a blood vessel in your brain tightens and narrows suddenly. This is most likely to occur after a brain bleed or ruptured brain aneurysm.