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Intracranial Aneurysm

Intracranial aneurysms are found in about 6% of the general populations.  Risk factors for aneurysm development are family history, connective tissue diseases, age, female sex, smoking, and substance abuse.  Although many remain asymptomatic, aneurysmal ruptures are associated with near 50% mortality and high morbidity -  i.e. neurological deficits resulting from the rupture.   Surviving patients can be treated surgically by placing a clip excluding the aneurysm via a craniotomy (portion of the skull is removed) or endovascularly depending on the location and morphology of the aneurysm as well as the patient’s clinical condition.

Endovascular Aneurysm Treatment

Neurointerventional radiologists treat aneurysms by packing the lumen of the aneurysm with metallic fibers, known as coils.  The procedure is performed in the interventional radiology suite with fluoroscopic guidance.  General anesthesia or conscious sedation is required.  A thin catheter is placed into the common femoral artery and subsequently advanced to the artery supplying the aneurysm in the brain.  Once a micro-catheter is advanced into the lumen of the aneurysm, coils are placed to exclude the aneurysm from the circulation.  Electively treated patients with asymptomatic aneurysms are admitted overnight and routinely discharged the following day or two.

For more information or questions please call Interventional Radiology at Rhode Island Medical Imaging at (401)-421-1924.

 
Picture of coil placement into the aneurysm   Complete packing of the aneurysm achieved
     
 
Large posterior communicating artery aneurysm   After treatment with GDC coils the aneurysm is excluded from the internal carotid artery
     
 
Lateral x ray demonstrating the coils.   Magnified view of the GDC coil

 

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East Providence I-195 West On-ramp Closures
Posted: 04.02.18

As RIDOT replaces the Parkway Ramp Bridge in East Providence (see below for more information), they will need to close the I-195 West on-ramps from Veterans Memorial Parkway and Warren Avenue in East Providence beginning Wednesday, April 4. Get detour information here.

Traffic heading north on the Parkway will follow a detour using Lyon Avenue to Warren Avenue to Broadway. Local traffic on the Parkway north of Lyon Avenue can use Mauran Avenue (the last street before the Parkway on-ramp) to Burgess Avenue to reach Warren Avenue and the detour route to Broadway.

Those heading to destinations on the East Side of Providence may wish to follow Valley Street to North Brow Street to Massasoit Avenue to use the Henderson Bridge as an alternate detour. Motorists also may wish to use Pawtucket Avenue or the Wampanoag Trail to the East Shore Expressway for I-195 West access.

The bridge replacement will be completed in late fall, however work on the nearby Washington Bridge will extend its reopening until the end of 2019.

Lung cancer expo highlights latest research, reinforces need for funding
Posted: 11.28.17

Despite lung cancer causing the most fatalities of any cancer in the United States, funding for lung cancer research has not drastically improved for many years. The American Lung Association drove home this message and other insights during the Lung Force Expo at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 8, 2017.