Interventional Radiology

Used to treat a variety of medical conditions, Interventional Radiology involves X-rays and other imaging techniques to view inside the body while specially-trained physicians guide narrow tubes (catheters) and other very small instruments through the blood vessels and other pathways of the body to the site of a problem. The procedures are usually simpler, safer, less traumatic, less painful, and equally as effective as comparable surgical procedures.

Interventional Radiology Services

Types of Interventional Radiology

  • Angiography — an X-ray of the arteries and veins to detect and often treat blockage or narrowing of the vessels.
  • 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.
  • Embolization — the insertion of a substance through a catheter into a blood vessel to stop hemorrhaging, or excessive bleeding.
  • Gastrostomy tubes — a gastrostomy tube (feeding tube) inserted into the stomach if the patient is unable to take food by mouth.
  • Intravascular ultrasound — the use of ultrasound inside a blood vessel to better visualize the interior of the vessel in order to detect problems there.
  • Stent placement — a tiny, expandable coil, placed inside a blood vessel at the site of a blockage. The stent is expanded to open up the blockage.
  • Needle biopsy — a small needle inserted into the abnormal area in almost any part of the body, guided by imaging techniques, to obtain a tissue biopsy.
  • WavelinQ™ EndoAVF System Procedure — Unlike the traditional method of an open surgery forearm incision for bloodstream access, AV fistulas can also be created using this new completely endovascular approach, which is less painful, and allows for quicker recovery and no scarring. To create the artery-vein connection using the WavelinQ™ EndoAVF System, a small puncture is made into the artery and vein. Magnets within the catheters that are placed in the artery and vein pull them close together, allowing radio frequency to create a hole between the two to create the AV fistula.

To learn more about our Interventional Radiology department, or to schedule an appointment please call 856-582-2555.