Interventional Neuroradiology, also known as Endovascular Neurosurgery, Interventional Neurology, or Neurointervention refers to a set of minimally invasive techniques of treating certain vascular diseases of the head and spine.
It is one of the most technologically advanced medical field and demands very high levels of disease understanding, in-depth subject knowledge, highly skilled sets of hands, courage, academic orientation, philosophy and ability to look into the future.
The training of neurointerventionists involves radiological work, clinical neurology, ICU management and cathlab work. It is a truly interdisciplinary medical field. The initial discovery of neuro-angiography was made by Egas Moniz, a neurophysician, with significant contributions from Japanese neurosurgeons. However later on, the field was further developed, techniques perfected and guidelines were defined by neuroradiologists. With the advent of better equipments and infusion of high end technology, the ability to do therapeutic procedures has increased drastically over the last 25 years. This has also brought about the interest of neurologists and neurosurgeons to this field, thereby resulting in a truly dynamic amalgamation of various fields and thoughts.