St. Elizabeth Neurosciences
- EEG - An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain by using sensors (electrodes) attached to the brain. This measurement of electrical activity is interpreted by a neurologist and is used to detect changes in brainwave activity such as seizures or dementia.
- EMG - An electromyogram (EMG) is a test that measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. EMGs are interpreted by a neurologist and can be used to detect abnormal electrical activity of muscle that can occur in many diseases and conditions, including muscular dystrophy, inflammation of muscles, pinched nerves, and peripheral nerve damage (damage to nerves in the arms and legs).
- Dean Martin Neuromuscular Clinic - St. Elizabeth’s Ambulatory Care Clinic houses the third oldest MDA Clinic in the country. The Neurology team, consisting of Neurologists and Clinical Nurse Specialists, cares for patients with Neuromuscular diseases. For more information, visit MDA.org.
Neurosurgery Interventional Radiology (Neuroscience specific)
- Merci - Interventional Radiologists can use the Merci device to remove a blood clot that caused a stroke. The Merci Retriever is a mechanical device used to remove a clot in a stroke patient. The Merci Retriever is a corkscrew shaped device designed to remove a clot from a large vessel.
- Penumbra - Interventional Radiologists can use the Penumbra to remove a blood clot that caused the stroke. The Penumbra System is a mechanical device used to remove a clot in an acute ischemic stroke. The Penumbra System consists of three components: a reperfusion catheter, a separator and a clot removal ring. All three components are used to aspirate the clot from the blocked vessel.
- Solitaire FR Device
The Solitare FR (Flow Restoration) device is a mechanical thrombectomy device designed to restore blood flow by removing thrombus in patients with ischemic stroke due to large intracranial vessel occlusion. The device is designed to be used in the neurovasculature such as Internal Carotid Artery, M1, and M2 segments of the Middle Cerebral Artery, Anterior Cerebral Artery, Basilar Artery and Vertebral Arteries. The Solitare FR device is intended to be delivered through a guide catheter and microcatheter to the site of occlusion and deployed across the thrombus. Once deployed the device is designed to remove the thrombus by retrieving the device and microcatheter as a unit under constant aspiration into the guide catheter.
- CT Perfusion 4D - CT Perfusion 4D is a detailed, rapid, high-resolution study that provides valuable information about cerebral blood flow, cerebral blood volume and transit time when diagnosing acute stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage. The advantages of CT perfusion imaging are that it is non-invasive, and more readily available and cost effective than magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- Endovascular Coiling/Embolization - Endovascular Coiling is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat saccular intracranial aneurysms. Patients with an intracranial aneurysm frequently present with headaches. Symptoms can be caused by either the mass effect of the aneurysm, aneurysm rupture or intracranial hemorrhage. An aneurysm can be diagnosed with a CT or an angiogram. Once the aneurysm has been identified, it is determined if the patient is a candidate for endovascular coiling.
The Endovascular Coiling procedure is performed in Interventional Radiology under general anesthesia. Once the patient has been sedated, the interventional radiologist will insert a catheter into the femoral artery, navigate through the vascular system into the head and then into the aneurysm. Tiny coils are then threaded through the catheter and deployed into the aneurysm, blocking the blood flow into the aneurysm and preventing rupture. Patients are admitted post procedure for three to five days then discharged once their conditions are stable.
For more information, please contact the Radiology Department at 330-480-3170. Endovascular Coiling/Embolization procedures are performed at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Intracranial aneurysms - Albert Cook, MD
|In our Radiology Department our angiography suite is led by a board certified interventional radiologist and staffed by a team of registered nurses and registered technologists. The St. Elizabeth angiography suite offers a full range of interventional services provided by highly skilled professionals. |
- Aneurysm coiling and stenting
- Peripheral arterial angiography (cerebral arteriography, archogram, aortography with runoff, selective visceral arteriography)
- Selective venography
- Fistulograms of dialysis access graft
- Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (arterial, venous, dialysis access grafts)
- Stroke Therapy - MERCI Device, Penumbra System, Solitaire Device
- Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stent deployment
- Inferior venacava filter placement
- Medi-port insertion
- Transjugular intrahepatic portal systemic shunts
- Thrombolytic therapy
- Selective embolizations (including uterine fibroids)
- PICC line insertions