Institute for NeurosciencesRenown First to Perform New Service for Aneurysms
RENO, Nev. – (Oct. 19, 2007) – With the introduction of a new service for patients with hard-to-treat aneurysms, Renown Health is pleased to announce that one of its doctors successfully placed the Cordis Enterprise Stent in two separate wide-neck brain aneurysm cases last week. Renown Health is the first in the West to perform this procedure. The Enterprise Stent is the most recent advancement in the treatment of wide-neck aneurysms.
An intracranial aneurysm is a weakness in the wall of a blood vessel in the brain that balloons out, forming a thin-walled bubble or sac. Hemorrhagic stroke can occur when a cerebral aneurysm bursts and bleeds into brain tissue. Approximately 30,000 intracranial aneurysms present annually. Some 15,000 patients are treated and up to 4,000 of these individuals are likely to need vascular reconstruction. The Enterprise Stent offers an option for patients with wide-neck aneurysms at risk to suffer such a hemorrhagic stroke.
The placement of the Enterprise Stent relies on the expertise of C. Blease Graham III, MD, interventional neuroradiologist with Reno Radiological Associates, whose work is supported by the technology of northern Nevada’s only Bi-plane Angiography machine at Renown Regional Medical Center.
Using digital X-ray images from the Bi-plane machine, Graham snakes a catheter through an artery from the leg to reach the brain. From there, he deploys the Enterprise Stent, a tiny metal scaffolding-type device, within the diseased vessel. The scaffolding prevents embolic coils, long strands of thin-coiled wire that look like flexible guitar strings, from falling out into the artery. The stent also helps with sealing off the aneurysm from the artery.
Like all radiologists, Dr. Graham completed a four-year-residency in radiology after medical school. What differentiates him is an additional three years of fellowship with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of neurovascular (veins and arteries) diseases of the brain and spine. He is currently the only physician qualified to perform intracranial stenting procedure in northern Nevada.
Vessels in the brain present different challenges because they are more fragile and have more curves, making it difficult to navigate to the site of the blockage. Today only a small number of patients who have already experienced a stroke and/or recurrent stroke-like symptoms may benefit from the procedure. However, this technique provides a promising new option for the prevention of rupture from wide-neck brain aneurysms, Dr. Graham said.
“The arrival of this procedure signals to the people of our community that they no longer have to look outside our local region for exclusive health care needs,” said Jim Miller, Renown Health president and chief executive officer. “People in Nevada have access to quality care here at home.”
About Renown Health X-Ray and Imaging:
Renown Health’s X-Ray and Imaging is the region's leading provider of diagnostic imaging services offering multiple locations, customer-oriented service and some of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment imaging technology in the area, which provides for better treatment decisions and improved patient outcomes.
Renown has the region’s only dedicated PET/CT scanning system that allows physicians to find cancer earlier, pinpoint the location and determine the extent of the disease more easily. Imaging Services also offers High-field Open MRI, a more comfortable alternative for children and claustrophobic or large patients. Renown Health also has exclusive biplane angiography technology, which allows the highly skilled radiologists with Reno Radiological Associates to see three-dimensional images of the brain and treat stroke victims with minimally invasive techniques.
If you think you may be a candidate for or would like to talk to your doctor about referring you for this new procedure, please call 775-982-8100.