I am applying radiology but I recently had the opportunity to work with a neurointerventionalist (neurology trained) who plucked a clot from the basilar artery. I thought it was a cool procedure and I saw how it helped the patient immediately. I wanted to get more information about the field. I know it is not a new field ( I have already searched the forums but they seem to be old threads from before 2015) and I wanted to get the advice/opinions of older, more experienced radiologists about where the NIR field is going since it will be more than half a decade before I can even being training for NIR. From my understanding, the relatively recent DAWN and DIFFUSE studies have opened the window for endovascular stroke treatments which means much more demand for NIR guys at the expense of lifestyle (stroke call). I believe that since NSG, neurology and radiology all have access to NIR, that NSG will be the most desired applicant due to their training in "opening up". However it seems like the complications that come from NIR procedure typically involve vascular solutions and not NSG solutions? I know the bread and butter of NIR procedure is AVM, coiling, MT and a lot of diagnostic angios. Is there a potential to work on CRAO with intra-arterial TPA or any interventional oncology work with primary brain tumors in the future? I understand that most of the NIR work is relegated to larger academic centers and that the radiology trained guys work with NSG groups. Is there something I should be looking for specifically for in a radiology program and should I begin tailoring my radiology education to neuroradiology? Is there a consensus of "best NIR" programs? At this point in time, I am interested in an academic career and I can see myself, if lucky enough, staying in a large academic center. Anyways, a lot of questions and I hope someone can take the time to answer them!