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Imaging Services

Interventional Radiology

interventional Interventional radiology is a service offered to patients by specialized doctors, nurses and X-ray technicians. We provide care and treatment in a "mini operating room" environment area to diagnose, treat or prevent patients from having an operation. Doctors called interventional radiologists use X-rays and ultrasound to help guide them during procedures. Some procedures require sedation (sleep medication given through a patient’s vein) or a local anesthetic (numbing medication) in the patient’s skin. Most procedures require a nick in the skin the size of a pencil tip and some require stitches. Nurses will care for the patients and provide education for patients and families before and after procedures.

The interventional radiologist works very closely with patients, personal doctors and specialized doctors. They will coordinate safe care for the patients to improve their health or help people maintain regular daily activities during their illness.

Some of our services include:

  • Angiograms – the study of blood vessels
  • Artery stent placement – placing a small wire mesh in a narrowed blood vessel to improve blood flow to an extremity.
  • Uterine artery embolization – an alternative to hysterectomy surgery, this procedure treats excessive bleeding and pain due to uterine fibroids (non-cancerous growths). Small particles are injected into blood vessels that stop the blood supply to the fibroids causing them to shrink and shrivel up.
  • Feeding tube placement – this procedure is for patients who are not able to eat normally. A tube is placed into the stomach through the abdomen. Special nutrition is given through this tube.
  • Central line catheter placement – a small, soft catheter is placed in a vein for infusing medications or for blood draws. Some specialized catheters are placed under the skin with the tip of the catheter just above the level of the heart. Some of these specialized catheters are used for dialysis. The catheter for dialysis is connected to a special machine to filter the blood because the kidneys are not functioning.
  • Drain tube placement – various types of drains are placed in interventional radiology. Some drains are placed into the kidneys because they are blocked and can not drain properly into the bladder. Other drains may be placed into the gall bladder or bile duct because of a blockage due to gall stones or a tumor. At times, a gall stone can be pushed through with the use of the drain placement and unblock the bile duct. This keeps the patient from going to surgery.
  • Vertebroplasty – this procedure is done by injecting a cement type substance into the back area where there is a fracture in the vertebrae. This often occurs in people with brittle bones and bone loss called osteoporosis. The cement keeps the vertebrae from collapsing, giving it support and giving the patient pain relief and quality of life.

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Emergency coverage: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


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