Interventional Radiology

BrochureFrom routine procedures to complex diagnostic indications, requiring the expertise of multiple specialists, health care providers depend on our interventional radiologist's training, expertise and experience in the diagnosis, management and treatment of diseases and medical conditions. Radiology Alliance offers a variety of interventional procedures, including diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology and interventional oncologic procedures.

Interventional Radiology is a subspecialty of radiology focused on the use of diagnostic imaging technology and minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat vascular and nonvascular diseases. Many medical conditions, including inoperable cancers, peripheral arterial disease, spinal fractures and uterine fibroids, that once required surgical procedures are now treated non-surgically by an interventional radiologist.

With utilization of powerful imaging modalities including CT, MRI, MRA, ultrasound, and x-ray to guide targeted treatments, these procedures generally do not require large surgical incisions or general anesthesia and result in less risk, reduced pain and shorter recovery times for patients. Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay.

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Common Interventional Radiology Procedures

For a complete list of our Interventional Radiology services and procedures, please download our brochure.

Angiography
An X-ray exam of the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages and other blood vessel problems.

Balloon Angioplasty
Opens blocked or narrowed blood vessels by inserting a very small balloon into the vessel and inflating it.

Biliary Drainage and Stenting
A stent to open up blocked ducts and allow bile to drain from the liver.

Central Venous Access
Insertion of a tube to allow patients to receive medication or nutrients directly into the blood stream or so blood can be drawn.

Chemoembolization
Delivery of cancer-fighting agents directly to the site of a tumor.

Embolization
Delivery of clotting agents directly to an area that is bleeding or to block blood flow to an aneurysm or a fibroid tumor in the uterus.

Fallopian Tube Catheterization
A treatment for infertility - uses a catheter to open blocked fallopian tubes without surgery.

Gastrostomy Tube
Feeding tube inserted into the stomach for patients who are unable to take sufficient food by mouth.

Hemodialysis Access Maintenance
Use of angioplasty or thrombolysis to open blocked grafts for hemodialysis.

Needle Biopsy
Diagnostic test for breast, lung and other cancers; an alternative to surgical biopsy.

Radioembolization (Yttrium-90) for Liver Tumors
Use of radioactive microspheres to irradiate liver tumors.

Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation
Use of radio frequency energy to kill cancerous tumors.

Stent
A small flexible tube used to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Stent-graft
Reinforces a ruptured or ballooning section of an artery (an aneurysm) with a fabric-wrapped stent

Thrombolysis
Dissolves blood clots by injecting clot-busting drugs at the site of the clot.

TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt)
A procedure to improve blood flow and prevent hemorrhage.

Uterine Artery Embolization
A procedure of uterine arteries to stop life- threatening postpartum bleeding, potentially preventing hysterectomy. The same procedure is used to treat fibroid tumors.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization
A procedure of uterine arteries to shrink painful, enlarged, benign tumors in the uterus.

Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
Procedures to help relieve pain resulting from compression fractures in the vertebrae of the spine. Bone cement is injected into the fractured vertebrae.

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For more information please visit the Society of Interventional Radiology.

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- Current and accurate patient information about diagnostic radiology procedures, interventional radiology and radiation therapy.