Jersey City Medical Center has announced that it will utilize new technology that enables physicians to view detailed 3D images of the brain and nervous system through a lab that takes X-rays of blood vessels in a procedure known as angiography. The new Neuro Interventional Cath Lab will enhance the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and complex neurovascular diseases such as aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. 

“Patients and their families … will receive the best available, latest technology from a multidisciplinary group of neurospecialists performing endovascular neurosurgical interventions at Jersey City Medical Center,” according to Anil Nair, M.D., the hospital’s Interim Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery.

With this addition, JCMC will be the only facility in Hudson County providing full time open and endovascular neurosurgical care of complex neurovascular pathology. The Medical Center will now be able to perform minimally invasive procedures on the new system to treat a wide range of clinical problems including stroke, carotid artery disease, cerebral aneurysms, and AVMs. According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability among Americans. Jersey City Medical Center is an American Heart Association Gold Plus and DNV certified Primary Stroke Center.  

The catheter-based procedures are designed to reduce some of the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches. Among the many benefits of catheter-based interventions are shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision, and most importantly, avoiding trauma to the brain and spine seen in traditional surgery while providing effective treatment. 

Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a comprehensive full-service acute and sub-acute care 348-bed teaching hospital. A not-for-profit hospital, the Medical Center is a state-designated Level II Regional Trauma Center with close to 16,000 admissions and over 80,000 Emergency Department visits annually. In addition, JCMC runs 911 medical call screening for Hudson County and operates one of the state’s busiest EMS systems.