The Neuroradiology Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center offers both diagnostic and therapeutic neuroradiology. Our experienced faculty includes specialists in head and neck radiology, spine imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and interventional neuroradiology.
Besides standard neuroradiology computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), our services include:
- A procedure in which a catheter is inserted into the arteries feeding the brain or spinal cord in order to identify diseased or injured blood vessels, or place treatments for those blood vessels
- Diagnostic myelography
- A test in which dye is placed in the spinal sac. On X-rays, the dye shows any abnormalities.
- A test during which a special dye is injected into one or more spinal discs to determine whether the discs are the source of back pain
We also provide catheter-based treatments such as procedures for dissolving blood clots in strokes.
Additional catheter-based procedures include:
- Carotid and cerebral angioplasty and stenting
- A small balloon is placed in an artery in the neck or brain and inflated to open the artery. In some cases, along with angioplasty, a stent, a small metal coil, is placed in the artery to hold it open
- Cerebral aneurysm coiling
- A minimally invasive procedure in which a catheter is threaded through the blood vessels to the brain, where soft platinum microcoils are placed in the aneurysm. The microcoils stay in place, acting as a barrier to blood flow and sealing off the aneurysm.
Through our Spine Imaging Program, we offer diagnostic biopsies, as well as vertebroplasty to help control back pain and osteoporosis, and facet injections to ease back pain. In head and neck neuroradiology, we also perform percutaneous biopsies, using a needle to extract tissue samples from beneath the skin.