Interventional neuroradiology is a medical field that uses radiological methods in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological (nervous system) diseases. These methods include interventions (non-surgical procedures) that target nervous system structures such as the brain, spinal cord, and nerves to reduce or improve the neurological manifestations of diseases. For example, interventional neuroradiology aims to diagnose and treat such problems by imaging brain tumors or aneurysms that cause bleeding or blockage in brain vessels.
What are the advantages of interventional neuroradiology? Who can receive interventional neuroradiology treatment?
Because interventional neuroradiology is a non-surgical treatment method, it can generally be a less invasive (deepening) and less risky option. In addition, anesthesia (painless numbing) is usually not required in this treatment method and the patient can recover faster.
Interventional neuroradiology can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of various neurological diseases. For example, you can use this method of treatment for conditions such as brain tumors, aneurysms (bursts of blood vessels), plaques that form blockages in brain vessels, and inflammatory diseases of the brain and spinal cord (for example, multiple sclerosis).
However, it is absolutely necessary to consult a specialist about the appropriateness of interventional neuroradiology treatment for each patient. In particular, some conditions (for example, very large plaques that cause blockage in brain vessels) may not be an appropriate treatment option for interventional neuroradiology and other treatment methods such as surgery may be needed.
Here are a few points to consider in interventional neuroradiology treatment:
- A suitable physician and clinic should be selected for treatment. It is important that the physicians who will apply this treatment method are experienced and specialized.
- Adequate information should be obtained about the purpose and method of treatment. It is necessary to have information about the purpose of the treatment, what kind of intervention will be, and the expected results.
- Information should be obtained about the risks and side effects of the treatment. As with any treatment modality, interventional neuroradiology may have some risks and side effects. For example, there may be risks such as bleeding and infection during the procedure. Therefore, it is necessary to be informed about the risks and side effects of the treatment.
- The doctor’s instructions should be followed during treatment. During treatment, you should follow the instructions given by the doctor and use the drugs regularly, if any.
- Follow-up should be done after treatment. Following the treatment, it is ensured that the effect of the treatment is monitored and necessary changes are made, if necessary, by following the doctor’s follow-ups.
The aim of interventional neuroradiology treatment is to perform interventions (non-surgical procedures) targeting nervous system structures such as the brain, spinal cord, and nerves by using radiological methods in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological (nervous system) diseases. For example, interventional neuroradiology can be used for conditions such as brain tumors, aneurysms (blood punctures), plaques blocking cerebral vessels, and inflammatory diseases of the brain and spinal cord (for example, multiple sclerosis).
In interventional neuroradiology treatment, an intervention is performed using radiological energy directed toward the relevant nervous system structure (for example, a brain tumor). These interventions are generally non-surgical and do not require anesthesia. For example, brain tumors, it is aimed to kill tumor cells using radiological energy.
Whether interventional neuroradiology treatment is an appropriate option is evaluated individually for each patient. In particular, some conditions (for example, exceptionally large plaques that cause blockage in brain vessels) may not be an appropriate treatment option for interventional neuroradiology and other treatment methods such as surgery may be needed. Therefore, the appropriateness of the treatment should be evaluated by consulting a specialist.