Interventional Radiology
Treatment and Services

Interventional Radiology Services

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:

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.

An X-ray of the arteries and veins to detect blockage or narrowing of the vessels or to define the anatomy of a certain part of the body.

Special contrast is injected into joint prior to MRI to help potential causes of joint pain on MRIs.

There are many different treatments we offer including administering cancer medications directly to the tumor site, embolizing tumors to decrease blood flow, and ablating tumors to decrease size.

A catheter is inserted into large veins for giving medications, chemotherapy drugs, nutritional support or hemodialysis.

The insertion of a substance through a catheter into a blood vessel to stop hemorrhaging, or excessive bleeding. Embolization is also used to decreased the amount of blood flow just prior to surgery.

Feeding tubes are inserted into the stomach or small bowel if the patient is unable to take food by mouth.

A filter is inserted into the inferior vena cava to prevent clot from reaching the lung. These are placed when patients have clots within blood vessels in the legs or prior to some major surgeries.

Learn more about inferior vena cava filters.

Agents, such as tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), are injected into arteries or veins to dissolve blood clots, thereby restoring blood flow.

A small needle is inserted into the body, guided by imaging techniques, to obtain a tissue biopsy. Biopsies can be performed of just about any part of the body thus eliminating the need for open surgery.

Chemicals are injected into different type of vascular malformations to decrease abnormal blood flow and reduce pain and swelling.

Steroids are injected into joint to reduce inflammation thus improving swelling or pain.