While Neuroradiology is a vital part of the Imaging Institute, it also is part of Cleveland Clinic’s world-renowned Neurological Institute, allowing it to bring both specialties together in a comprehensive manner. The section has 12 subspecialized radiologists along with three interventional neurosurgeons who have joint appointments in both institutes. All are fellowship-trained and have earned Certificates of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology from the American Board of Radiology.
The staff is highly skilled in MRI, CT, myelography, diagnostic cerebral/spinal angiography, interventional neuroradiology and transcranial Doppler. The expertise of the staff is noted worldwide. Several members were instrumental in developing criteria to grade degenerative disease of the spinal discs.
The training and extensive experience of the section’s diagnostic neuroradiologists enable them to develop subspecialties within their field to better serve referring physicians. Diagnostic subspecialty areas include cerebrovascular disease, spine imaging, pediatric neuroradiology, otolaryngology, MR angiography, functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, transcranial Doppler and carotid ultrasound.
Cleveland Clinic neurointerventionalists are proficient in the therapeutic approach to acute stroke, internal/external carotid artery embolizations, GDC coil occlusion of intracranial aneurysms, treatment of vasospasm, atherosclerotic occlusive disease and carotid artery stenting.
Neuroradiology has been actively involved in the creation of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Brain Health, which is designed to provide high-quality images of neurodegenerative disorders over time to allow physicians to visualize disease progression.
Research is a fundamental component of Neuroradiology. Projects include neuro-imaging of acute stroke; intra-arterial thrombolysis for acute stroke; cytoprotective agents for acute stroke patients; carotid artery stenting; transcranial Doppler; animal model for the assessment and treatment of hydrocephalus; malformations of brain cortical development; neuro-imaging of multiple sclerosis; radiotherapy of spinal neoplasms; neuro-imaging of deep brain stimulation in Parkinsonism, psychiatric disorders and minimally conscious states; neuro-imaging of traumatic brain imaging; functional MRI and connectivity studies; and diffusion tensor imaging.
Educational activities include two fellowship programs. One focuses on endovascular neurosurgery, such as treating aneurysms and arterial venous malformations. The other is devoted to diagnostic neuroradiology. Up to five physicians participate in these training programs each year.
National organizations in which Neuroradiology members are active include the American Society of Neuroradiology, Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology, American Society of Spine Radiology, American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology and American Heart Association.