An angiogram is a type of X-ray imaging that uses special dye and a camera to see inside arteries and veins. It’s also called a fluoroscopy, and Dr. Jeffrey Farkas and his colleagues at Interventional Neuro Associates use it to view veins and arteries in your brain, head, neck, or anywhere else to determine the cause of a condition or treat a vascular disease such as stroke, aneurysm, or hemorrhage. You are typically under an anesthetic, and it must be performed by an interventional radiologist.
Dr. Farkas inserts a tiny hollow tube, or catheter, into an artery, usually in your groin area, and threads it through your body to the artery he wants to examine. The dye and camera guide make it possible for Dr. Farkas to see inside your veins. With an angiogram, he can detect aneurysms or blockages and monitor blood flow. Angiograms also allow Dr. Farkas and the other neurosurgical experts to perform treatments like coiling and stenting.
An embolization is one of the procedures Dr. Farkas and his colleagues can perform using angiogram technology. Embolization is especially useful to control brain aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. Once he puts the catheter in place, Dr. Farkas guides small metal coils along the catheter to the aneurysm.
The coils, and sometimes stents or other materials that have been guided through the catheter, remain in place to control the aneurysm, and the catheter is removed when the angiogram is finished. Embolization is also a highly effective way to control bleeding without having to go through more invasive surgeries.
Angiograms make it easier for Dr. Farkas and his colleagues to diagnose and treat vascular conditions without invasive surgeries, so many of their patients are able to recover more quickly from both the procedure and the condition that is being treated. Embolization is also very effective at controlling hemorrhaging, especially in an emergency situation such as a stroke or an aneurysm. Embolization can treat tumors and arteriovenous malformations in areas that otherwise would pose a great risk to your health, or even your life, if invasive surgery was your only option.
To find out more about angiograms and embolization treatments, call the office or make an appointment online.