Evolution of neuroendovascular intervention: a review of advancement in device technology

Neurosurgery. 2004 Feb;54(2):438-52; discussion 452-3. doi: 10.1227/01.neu.0000103672.96785.42.


Neuroendovascular surgery is a rapidly evolving field. Each year, numerous improvements are made in the endovascular surgeon's armamentarium. This evolution in technology, which is occurring at a dizzying pace, addresses many of the current limitations of neuroendovascular approaches. The potential to improve the outcomes of our patients is tremendous, particularly because one of the most common and most devastating neurological disorders, ischemic stroke, remains largely untreated. This article presents several of the new technologies that are currently being investigated or are under development and have the potential to lead to major advances in endovascular approaches for the treatment of intracranial and extracranial diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angioplasty / instrumentation*
  • Biomedical Technology*
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / instrumentation*