The Penn Neurovascular Center is a nationally recognized primary referral center for the treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs), strokes and transient ischemic attack (TIAs), carotid artery and vertebral artery atherosclerotic disease (hardening of the arteries), intracranial stenosis and other neurovascular conditions such as cavernous malformations and Moyamoya disease.
A multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, diagnostic and interventional neuroradiologists, neurointensivists and neuroanesthesiologists provides highly specialized care for all aspects of cerebrovascular disease. Every patient's case is discussed at the weekly neurovascular conference, where a personalized treatment plan is developed based on individual needs.
Physicians in the neurovascular center work closely with referring physicians and provide a rapid and thorough evaluation of all patients referred with neurovascular disorders.
Complete Spectrum of Care
The Penn neurovascular program is the only comprehensive cerebrovascular and endovascular center in the Philadelphia region and is one of only a few in the United States. Penn's world-renowned neurovascular specialists, backed by the most extensive neurodiagnostic and imaging facilities in the region, perform more than 2,000 procedures each year involving the most complex neurological disorders.
Physicians at the Penn Neurovascular Center have access to the latest technologies, the most advanced techniques, and cutting-edge research that enables them to give patients the best care possible. A complete array of services is available, from diagnosis and treatment to outpatient consultations, as well as caring for critically ill patients in the Penn NeuroIntensive Care Unit.
Diagnosis and Evaluation
The Penn Neurovascular Center uses state-of-the-art neuroradiological diagnostic tools, including:
- CT scan
- Spiral CT scan
- 3D CT-angiography
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
- Cerebral angiography
- 3-D rotational angiography
- Biplane angiography
- Intraoperative angiography
- Xenon, CT, SPECT and PET scanning
- Carotid artery auscultation
- Duplex scan
- Transcranial doppler