The build-up of atherosclerotic plaque within the carotid arteries of the neck can be a cause of stroke when the size of the plaque becomes significant (causes a 60 - 70% or greater blockage of the carotid artery).

Surgical removal of this plaque, termed an endarterectomy, is the standard treatment and has been proven to be effective in decreasing the risk of future stroke.


The use of balloon angioplasty (PTA) and vascular stents to treat the blockage of the carotid arteries has been undergoing extensive investigation and is becoming increasingly common. Carotid artery PTA and stent placement may be an appropriate treatment option in selected patients.


The physicians of Summit Radiology were the first to perform PTA and stenting of the carotid arteries in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana, and we have developed an approved investigational protocol to offer this treatment procedure to selected patients.



If you have any questions regarding any of these therapies, please do not hesitate to contact us. Consultation can be arranged through our Interventional Radiology Clinic by calling (260) 435-7951 during regular business hours.