Currently, there is a worldwide shortage of the contrast dye used in some imaging procedures. As a result, you may be contacted to reschedule your appointment. This contrast dye is necessary for accurate pictures, and it enables doctors to diagnose and treat diseases.
During this shortage, Allina Health is taking steps to conserve our supply of the dye while ensuring that all of our patients receive safe and appropriate care.
We anticipate this contrast shortage to last through at least June 30.
Interventional neuroradiology helps doctors diagnose and treat disorders of the brain, spine and spinal cord. It uses medical imaging, advanced techniques, and very small incisions and instruments, and it is performed by highly trained specialists.
What is interventional neuroradiology?
If you have a condition that affects your brain, spine or spinal cord, you may be treated by a doctor who specializes in interventional neuroradiology. This type of doctor uses medical imaging and special techniques to see inside your body and diagnose and treat your condition. Because these procedures use very small incisions and instruments, you may recover faster than you would with a traditional surgery.
Interventional neuroradiology is often used for stroke treatment, brain aneurysm treatment and other conditions that affect blood flow to the brain, spine and spinal cord. Other names for this specialty include endovascular neurosurgery, neurointerventional radiology and neurointerventional surgery.
Interventional neuroradiology at Allina Health
We offer interventional neuroradiology services at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and United Hospital in St. Paul through our physician partners, Consulting Radiologists Ltd and St. Paul Radiology.
Conditions that we evaluate and treat using interventional neuroradiology include:
- arteriovenous malformations and fistulas
- brain aneurysm
- brain, spinal cord and neck tumors
- compression fractions of the spine
- head and neck vascular malformations
- narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the brain
- spine and spinal cord vascular malformations
Source: Allina Health Medical Imaging
Reviewed by: Allina Health Medical Imaging
First published: 8/13/2019
Last reviewed: 8/13/2019