Interventional Neurology

Rely on Essentia's interventional neurologists to treat conditions of the brain, neck, and spine. Our specialists use imaging technology to perform minimally invasive procedures through small incisions. These procedures can be used to treat conditions like strokes, aneurysms and spinal compression fractures. This service is available in Fargo, North Dakota and Duluth, Minnesota.

What's an Interventional Neurologist?

An interventional neurologist is a neurologist with specialized training in the use of minimally invasive, image-guided techniques to treat complex conditions of the brain, neck, and spine.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


What is a Stroke?

A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when the flow of blood to the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells begin to die and abilities controlled by the affected area of the brain are lost. These abilities include speech, movement and memory.

What's My Stroke Risk?

Learn your risk for stroke by reviewing the American Stroke Association’s Stroke Risk Scorecard. Share the results with your primary care provider.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Stroke Association. Use the acronym FAST to spot common signs of stroke. It could save your life or the life of a loved one.

  • Face – Smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms – Raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech – Repeat a simple phrase. Is speech slurred or strange?
  • Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 911 right away.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Depending on your condition, an interventional neurologist may recommend one or more of the following procedures.

Angiogram & Venogram

These two types of X-rays are used to diagnose blockages and other blood vessel problems. During the procedure, a tiny tube is placed in the vein or artery. Dye is injected through the tube which enables your doctor to monitor your blood flow.  

Angioplasty & Stenting

Angioplasty and stenting are procedures used to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels leading to your spine or brain. During the procedure, a thin tube is placed in the blood vessel. A guide wire containing a tiny, deflated balloon is then inserted into the tube. Your doctor will thread the guide wire through your blood vessel until he reaches the blockage. The balloon is then inflated to open the blood vessel. A small, metal, mesh tube called a stent is sometimes deployed to hold the blood vessel open permanently.

Catheter Embolization

Catheter embolization is a procedure used to stop or reroute the blood supply to unhealthy tissue in the brain or spine, such as a tumor. During the procedure, a glue-like fluid or coil is placed in the blood vessel.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.