The division has access to state-of-the-art equipment in all modalities.
MRI: There are 12 MRI units (11 clinical, 1 research) in our healthcare system. This includes three 3T magnets, two 1 Tesla open magnets that provide increased access for claustrophobic patients who may not tolerate the regular magnets and a 1.5T (iMRIs) intraoperative magnet at our Mott C & W (the only iMRIs system in the State of Michigan). In addition, a 13th magnet (1.5T) will be operational in July 2014.
CT: A total of 18 CT scanners are housed in our health care system. This includes nine 64-slice MDCT scanners (two of them dual energy systems),three other MDCT machines and low dose CT scanners focused on paranasal sinus imaging. We have incorporated the latest radiation dose reduction strategies to better serve our patients.
Angiography: Diagnostic neuroangiography is performed by faculty members of the Neuroradiology and Neurointerventional divisions. We recently expanded our neuroangiographic capabilities to a 4,500-square-foot neuroangiography suite, which includes a combined CT-biplane neuroangiography unit, Axiom Artis and a multipurpose room for interventional spine procedures.
Non-vascular interventions: We offer a variety of non-vascular interventional services that include biopsies (spine, head and neck), myelograms, lumbar punctures, lumbar drain placements.
The multidisciplinary division of Neurointervention consists of providers from Neurointerventional radiology (NIR) and Neurovascular Surgey who together are dedicated & devoted to achieve well being of the neural tissue, in close collaboration with neurointensive care, stroke neurology, emergency medicine, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, and pediatric hemato-oncology, as an integral part of the comprehensive stroke center, spine oncology program, vascular anomalies program & retinoblastoma program at Michigan Medicine. Together we treat and manage diseases of the brain & spinal cord, its bony covering, and pathology of head neck face & orbit including vascular malformations both in adults and children. We are supported by an excellent & dedicated team of Neurointerventional technologists, nurses & nurse practitioners.
In our group we can boast of at least 10 peer reviewed publications each year for the last decade. We have two R21s and one RO1 funded from the NIH in the group, centered around intracerebral hemorrhage. We have been part of several multicenter trials (DEFUSE 3), some of which have led to development of level 1 evidence in the field of Neurointervention. We have a strong research base with close ties with the basic neuroscience section of the Crosby Center at the Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB). We also collaborate extensively with the Biomed Engineering department.
All NIR providers boast of being certified by Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) with Certificate of Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) in Neuro-Endovascular Surgery (NES). One of our providers is also certified by the European Board of Neurointervention (EBNI). The Neurointerventional Fellowship provided as part of our combined curriculum is also CAST certified. Our Fellowship curriculum provides a wholesome experience encompassing the length and breadth of the specialty of Neurointervention.