In addition to offering the clot-busting drug tPA after stroke symptoms develop, our interventional neuroradiologists offer mechanical thrombectomy for patients who have an ischemic large vessel stroke.

During mechanical thrombectomy, a catheter is eased into an artery at the groin and using x-ray guided imaging, our interventional neuroradiologists are able to reach the clot with the catheter. Through this, a small device can be deployed through the clot to remove it.

WVU Medicine is the only facility in north central West Virginia that offers mechanical thrombectomy, and our interventional neuroradiologists have more than 10 years of experience performing it. Our interventional neuroradiologists are a key component of the WVU Medicine stroke team and are involved in all aspects of stroke care from neuroimaging to intervention. Our faculty members are in leadership positions in national societies directing the course of minimally invasive stroke treatment and are involved in key national clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of endovascular therapy. Recently, we were part of a pivotal clinical trial for stroke intervention where we were the seventh leading center out of 40 international facilities enrolling in this trial.

Select patients who have clots in large brain arteries may benefit from mechanical thrombectomy to achieve even better outcomes with and without tPA. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association endorses this new procedure in eligible stroke patients. To read more about neurointerventional radiology procedures for stroke, click here.