Advances in interventional neuroradiology

Stroke. 2009 May;40(5):e305-12. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.109.548438.


In 2008 we witnessed a rapid advancement in stent technology, which is reflected in the high number of case reports, publications of case series, and randomized trials. Stents not only served for a combined intrasaccular and extrasaccular treatment of challenging aneurysms but also assisted the revascularization in acute and chronic ischemic conditions of the neurovascular system. Although a self-expanding nitinol semiopen cell stent is currently used for intracranial occlusive disease, a new retrievable closed-cell designed stent is widely used for aneurysms because of its easy delivery through a microcatheter in frequently tortuous head and neck as well as cerebrovascular circulation (Figure 1). However, despite numerous publications in the field, the widespread acceptance of the use of stents to routinely treat carotid stenosis awaits the results of the multicenter randomized clinical trials that should be available in 2009. The role of interventional neuroradiology in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke continues to expand and excite interest.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Ischemia / complications
  • Brain Ischemia / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Ischemia / therapy
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / therapy
  • Endarterectomy, Carotid
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / complications
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / therapy
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / complications
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / therapy
  • Intracranial Embolism / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Embolism / therapy
  • Neurology / trends*
  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Radiography
  • Radiology / trends*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Risk Factors
  • Stents
  • Stroke / diagnostic imaging*
  • Stroke / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vasospasm, Intracranial / complications
  • Vasospasm, Intracranial / diagnostic imaging
  • Vasospasm, Intracranial / therapy


  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors