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Interventional radiology involves patient treatment and diagnosis of a disease. Working outside the patient’s body, our interventional radiologists treat an ever-widening range of conditions inside the body by inserting instruments such as catheters or wires through the use of X-ray and imaging techniques. These include CT scanners, MRI scanners and ultrasound scanners.
We offer an alternative to surgical treatment for many conditions, and in some cases, we can eliminate the need for hospitalization.
Procedures performed by our interventional radiologists include:
An X-ray of the arteries and veins to detect blockage or narrowing of the vessels. In many cases, the interventional radiologist can treat the blockages, such as those occurring in the arteries in the legs or kidneys, by inserting a small stent, which inflates and opens the vessel. This procedure is called balloon angioplasty.
The use of a small balloon on the tip of a catheter inserted into a blood vessel to open up an area of blockage inside the vessel.
The insertion of a substance through a catheter into a blood vessel to stop hemorrhaging, or excessive bleeding.
Feeding tubes that are inserted into the stomach if the patient is unable to take food by mouth.
The use of ultrasound inside a blood vessel to better visualize the interior of the vessel to detect problems inside the blood vessel.
A tiny, expandable coil, called a stent, is placed inside a blood vessel at the site of a blockage. The stent is expanded to open up the blockage.
A small needle is inserted into the abnormal area in almost any part of the body, guided by imaging techniques, to obtain a tissue biopsy. This type of biopsy can provide a diagnosis without surgical intervention. An example of this procedure is called a needle breast biopsy.
A small filter is inserted into a blood vessel to catch any pieces that break off of blood clots.
Agents, such as tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), are injected into the body to dissolve blood clots, thereby increasing blood flow to the heart or brain.
A catheter is inserted into large veins for giving medications, chemotherapy drugs, nutritional support or hemodialysis.
Administering cancer medications directly to the tumor site.
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