The Division of Interventional Neuroradiology

Service: Location(s):

The Comprehensive Stroke Center also has the Division of Neuroradiology (DINR) in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), making it one of California’s most comprehensive centers for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the central nervous system and peripheral vascular malformations and abnormalities. We provide advanced, world-class care for the most complex disorder of the vessels of the brain, spine, head and neck. The DINR team has expertise in the most recent interventional neuroradiologic procedures including carotid and intra-cranial stenting and specialized pediatric procedures.

The Division of Interventional Neuroradiology at Long Beach Medical Center evaluates adults and children for central nervous system and peripheral vascular malformations and abnormalities.

  • DINR complements conditions that would have required surgical intervention such as aneurysms, vascular malformations and tumors of the brain, spine, head and neck can be considered for treatment by using a non-invasive endovascular approach to reach the lesion
  • A 13-bed neuro/trauma intensive care unit
  • An experienced neurosurgical team with expertise in cerebrovascular disease
  • A collaborative and compassionate multi-disciplinary approach
  • Established stroke protocols
  • A full continuum of rehabilitative care, including services provided at the bedside and at the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Long Beach Medical Center
  • After multidisciplinary consultation, including colleagues in stroke, neurology and neurosurgery, the optimal treatment plan is determined.
  • Our team of Interventional neuroradiologists and stroke neurologists are available for consultation 24-hours a day.

Dedicated Care Team

The mission of the DINR team is to offer the most advanced minimally invasive treatment and diagnostic imaging options for a wide range of conditions involving the brain, the head and neck region, and the spine and spinal cord. The DINR team has expertise in the most recent interventional neuroradiologic procedures including carotid and intra-cranial stenting and specialized pediatric procedures.

In addition, the DINR team is about treating stroke and aneurysms faster and better. Brain damage is reversible early, but is progressive after a stroke. The DINR team uses integrated research and education to discover new innovative therapies for acute ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.

The DINR team rescues people from the tragedy of stroke and aneurysms through a rapid treatment approach and multidisciplinary developments of cutting-edge interventional and radiologic techniques.

Our Innovative Approach

DINR combines excellence in clinical imaging, research and educational programs with state-of-the-art technology. As the pioneers in acute stroke intervention and aneurysm embolism, the DINR care team uses state-of-the-art image-guided techniques to deliver life-saving agents through non-invasive methods, reducing hospital stays and recovery times for patients.

DINR complements surgical intervention techniques by using an endovascular approach, in which a procedure is performed inside your blood vessel using a thin, long tube called a catheter. Through small incisions in the groin, the catheter is guided under video x-ray to the site of the aneurysm. 

Interventional neuroradiologists can be thought of as the plumbers of the brain. Much like a plumber uses a snake — a slender, flexible drain auger — to dislodge clogs in a pipe, an interventional neuroradiologist uses a catheter to treat a clot in a blood vessel.

Advanced Imaging Equipment

With our advanced imaging equipment, Long Beach Medical Center utilizes a 320 slice computed tomography (CT) scanner that provides clear images of the brain to diagnose areas of the brain affected in a matter of minutes rather than hours and determine the best course of treatment.

Conditions

  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF)
  • Dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF)
  • Extracranial (brachiocephalic) atherosclerosis
  • Extracranial (head and neck) and paraspinal vascular malformations
  • Head and neck tumors
  • Intracranial aneurysms
  • Intracranial atherosclerosis
  • Juvenile nasopharyngeal tumor
  • Meningiomas
  • Nosebleeds
  • Paragangliomas
  • Stroke
  • Spinal vascular malformations
  • Traumatic vascular lesions
  • Vasospasm
  • Vertebral body tumors
  • Vertebral body compression fractures