Clinical Services: Interventional Radiology
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New York, NY 10065
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Within the brain, there is a network of blood vessels that deliver blood enriched with oxygen and nutrients. When blood flow within the brain becomes restricted, this can cause severe problems. This is called neurovascular disease.

One type of neurovascular condition is a stroke. A stroke is a sudden interruption of the blood supply to the brain, which prevents oxygen and nutrients from being carried to the brain. This is a complex occurrence with many causes and symptoms.

Fast treatment is crucial for strokes and other neurovascular conditions because this prevents long-term damage and death.

At Weill Cornell Medicine, our team of experienced and highly compassionate interventional radiologists provide leading therapies and treatments for stroke and neurovascular conditions — including diagnosis, fast treatment and recovery care.

Why Choose Weill Cornell Medicine?

Compassionate, individualized care: Our interventional radiologists offer personalized care, tailoring your treatment to your medical history, lifestyle and wellness goals. We are especially skilled in diagnosing and understanding strokes and other neurovascular conditions using advanced imaging tools. We then treat these conditions with minimally invasive procedures. 

As a patient, you will receive around-the-clock coverage, as well as access to in-person, video or phone consultations. We strive to get our patients in quickly with minimal wait time.

Our personalized approach — combined with our use of leading technology and treatment options — offers patients the best possible chance of optimal health and well-being. We care for patients from before your diagnosis to after your recovery, prioritizing your personal goals for a vibrant, full life.

Multidisciplinary care from leading experts: When you choose Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to a network of doctors and specialists. Your interventional radiologist may consult with experts in neurology and other medical professionals as needed.

Weill Cornell Medicine partners with NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top hospital systems in New York City and the U.S.

Conditions We Treat

Weill Cornell Medicine interventional radiologists are highly trained experts who can diagnose and treat: 

Brain aneurysm: A weak or bulging area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain, which increases the risk for stroke.

Arteriovenous malformation: A tangle of blood vessels that grow in the brain, which cause a wide range of symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, sensory disturbance or loss of consciousness.

Dural arteriovenous fistula: A collection or tangle of blood vessels in the thick covering surrounding the brain, the dura mater, which can cause headache, ringing in the ears, difficulty seeing and other symptoms.

Cavernous hemangioma: A collection or tangle of thin-walled blood vessels within the brain tissue.

Stroke: There are many types of stroke, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted: 

●      Ischemic embolic strokes are caused when a blood clot is formed elsewhere in the body and travels to arteries in the brain

●      Ischemic thrombotic strokes are caused when a blood clot occurs in the brain itself

●      Intracerebral hemorrhage is bleeding within the brain

●      Subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding within the space between the brain and the membranes surrounding it (the subarachnoid space)

These conditions are serious and can lead to brain damages if not treated quickly. At Weill Cornell Medicine, there are many physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating neurovascular conditions rapidly, including our team of interventional radiologists.

Diagnosis and Treatment by Leading Interventional Radiology Experts

At Weill Cornell Medicine, our interventional radiology team specializes in providing targeted diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment to help our patient achieve the best possible outcomes and lifelong health. Treatment options include:

Lumbar puncture: A lumbar puncture is often referred to as an “LP” or “spinal tap.” This procedure is used to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions, including meningitis, cancers involving the brain or spinal cord, as well as inflammatory conditions that cause headaches. During a lumbar puncture, your doctor will collect cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or inject medications. CSF is the clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord that supports the nervous system and cushions the brain and spinal cord.

During a lumbar puncture, you will lie on your side and hug your knees so that your spine is arched. You will receive a local anesthetic to numb. Your doctor will then insert a hollow needle into the space in your spine where CSF is located. CSF will be drawn out slowly; about one tablespoon will be collected. If needed, your doctor will also inject medication through the hollow needle. The CSF will be tested for a variety of conditions.

A lumbar puncture can be performed as an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to return home the same day. You may experience discomfort during and after the procedure, but our care team is here to help you minimize all pain and uncomfortable side effects.

Endovascular (coiling) treatment: This technique includes placing platinum coils into the specific site of an aneurysm using thin tubes (catheters). The coils are very small, no larger than twice the width of a human hair.

Using advanced imaging technology to visualize the brain’s vessels, a catheter with the coil attached is inserted into the groin and guided to the specific area of the brain. When the coil reaches the site of the aneurysm, the coil is separated from the catheter and left in place permanently in the aneurysm, which stops blood from getting into the aneurysm (embolization).

Catheter-directed thrombolytic therapy: A catheter (thin tube) is inserted into the groin and directed to a blood clot. Medication is delivered from the tube to the clot to dissolve it.

Carotid artery angioplasty: A catheter (thin tube) is inserted into the groin and directed to a narrowed area in a vein. An angioplasty treatment widens the vein. During this treatment, an inflatable balloon is inserted into the spot where the vein has narrowed, inflated and deflated several times before removal.

Carotid stenting: In cases of severe narrowing, a stent may be placed inside the vein to keep it open. A stent is a small tube made of metal mesh. It is inserted using catheters (thin tubes) to the specific area of the vein that has narrowed. It remains in the vein after the procedure.

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Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion.

Meet Our Physicians

The physicians at the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Interventional Radiology offer patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.