The Interventional Radiology Spine Program at Anne Arundel Medical Center performs over 3000 minimally invasive spine procedures each year. Our program was developed to help patients manage back and neck pain, as well as help Orthopedic and Neurosurgeons diagnose and treat painful spinal conditions. Several of our physicians are specially trained Neuroradiologists who practice interventional pain exclusively at AAMC. We also have several physicians who are Pain Management certified and perform procedures at AAMC as well as have private practices.
The diagnostic procedures we perform are essential in assisting the Neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons to make critical surgical decisions for spine patients. All procedures are performed under image-guided technology to maximize injection accuracy and patient safety. Procedures are performed in the North Pavilion on the 2nd floor. Procedure rooms are staffed with at least one Interventional Radiology RN and at least one Radiology Technologist. We have a dedicated pre/post-procedure staff, as well as a Nurse Practitioner that assists in coordinating patient care, performing follow up phone calls, and triaging pre/post-procedural questions.
The Neuroradiologists and Pain Management providers also attend a weekly spine conference where spine cases are presented to a multidisciplinary group of physicians and surgeons. Our Neuroradiologists lend their expertise to assist in reading films, comparing studies and suggesting interventions or additional imaging studies. Physicians in attendance include Neurosurgeons, Orthopedic surgeons, Physical Medicine and Pain management physicians, family physicians, Neurologists, and others on a drop in basis. In this forum there is open discussion about diagnosis, treatment, and alternatives.