A whole new field of radiology has emerged and is providing new solutions to common cardiac conditions. Interventional radiology involves the delivery of targeted treatments using advanced imaging for guidance. Mount Sinai's interventional radiologists are skilled in applying the latest technology. The powerful tools they use to see inside our bodies, such as X-rays, CT and MRI scans, are now being combined with state-of-the-art lasers, angioplasty and other devices to perform image-guided minimally invasive surgeries to treat everything from blocked blood vessels and blood clots to performing biopsies.
Cool Laser Revascularization, a new minimally invasive laser treatment that vaporizes plaque, blood clots and calcium that blocks arteries in the legs, is one of the newest treatment options available at Mount Sinai. It is useful for patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI).
CryoPlasty therapy is another new treatment for PAD. The surgeon inserts a small balloon filled with liquid nitrous oxide into the affected vessel. As the balloon expands and opens the blockage, it cools the plaque.
In addition, Mount Sinai was one of the first hospitals in the country to offer carotid stenting. This procedure addresses a narrowing of the carotid artery, which supplies the brain with oxygen-rich blood. A filter is introduced into the artery to prevent plaque particles from going to the brain.