Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology (sometimes known as vascular and interventional radiology), is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed with the guidance of imaging technology.

These procedures are usually done with needles or other tiny instruments such as catheters or wires; the imaging component allows the Interventional Radiologist to guide these instruments through the body to the appropriate area.

Commonly used imaging modalities in IR include fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), ultrasound (US), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Interventional radiologic procedures can oftentimes serve as an alternative to surgical treatment for many conditions and can sometimes eliminate the need for hospitalization.

For these reasons, IR stands as a critical piece among patient treatment options that is experiencing enormous growth alongside expanding technologies in radiology.

While some procedures are done for purely diagnostic purposes, others are done for treatment purposes.

The list of procedures performed is quite vast and includes; angiography, intravascular ultrasound, biopsy, angioplasty, embolization, stent, shunt, catheter, filter and line placement, drain insertions, thrombolysis, feeding tube placement, cryoablation, radiofrequency ablation and cancer treatments among many others.

Our Interventional Radiologists are practicing at the forefront of medical advancements that are changing patient care significantly. Interventional procedures are being employed to replace major surgeries that are traditionally expensive and involved, resulting in shorter recovery times, increased patient satisfaction and lower costs.

With the advent of major technological advances that constantly change the standard of health care, it is essential that Radiologic Associates offers the most current treatment options for our patients. Below is a list of minimally invasive interventional diagnostic and therapeutic procedures

  • Access

    Mediport Placement: Placed for chemotherapy and long term IV access. No pre-surgical testing required.


    Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC)

    Hickman Catheters: Tunneled Central venous catheters

    Tunneled Paracentesis Catheters: For recurrent ascites due to malignancy.


    Chemo - Embolization: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver


    Radiofrequency Ablation: Liver, Lung and Renal tumors

    Cryoablation: Liver and Renal tumors

    Pre-operative Tumor Embolization

  • Biliary Interventions

    Percutaneous Transhepatic Cholangiograms

    Internal / External Biliary Drains

    Bile Duct Stone Extraction

    Treatment of Bile leaks

    Permanent Common Bile duct stents: Malignant Strictures


    Cholecystostomy Tubes

    Pain Management




    Steroid Injections: Hips, shoulders, etc.

    Nerve Root Blocks

    Radiofrequency Ablation of Painful Bone MetsCeliac

    Plexus Blocks

  • Dialysis Interventions

    Dialysis Graft Interventions: Mechanical and pharmacologic thrombectomy, Central venous and peripheral angioplasty, stenting

    Tunneled Permcath Placement: Access sites including jugular, subclavian, femoral, translumbar, and transhepatic

    Temporary Dialysis Catheters

    Arteriovenous Fistula Interventions: Assistance in Fistula Maturation, declot procedures, angioplasty, stenting, coiling of collateral veins.

    Urologic Interventions

    Nephrostomy Tube Placement

    Ureteral Stent Placement

    Ureteroplasty for Ureteral Strictures

    Percutaneous Access for Stone extractions

    Diagnosis and Treatment of Varicoceles: Treated percutaneously with Coil embolization

  • General Interventions

    Percutaneous Biopsies: CT and US guided liver, lung, renal, thyroid, muscle, lymph node, etc.

    Breast Biopsies: Stereotactic, Ultrasound guided and MRI guided biopsies.

    Transjugular Liver biopsies: patients with ascites and coagulation disorders. Also for portal vein pressure measurements

    MR and CT Arthrography

    Hysterosalpingography and Sonohysterography

    Fallopian Tube Recanalization

    Breast Localizations: Ultrasound and mammographic

    Thoracentesis: Temporary and Permanent pleural catheters

    Paracentesis: Temporary and Permanent peritoneal catheters, Peritoneal-Venous shunts

    Bronchial Stent Placement

    Vascular Interventions

    Chemical and Mechanical Thrombectomy: For treatment of Clotted bypass grafts, Chronic DVT, SVC syndrome and Acute arterial occlusions.

    Angiography: Diagnostic Peripheral and Cerebral Angiography

    Angioplasty and Stenting: Peripheral and Visceral arterial stenotic lesions, Renal artery stenosis, Anastamotic Stenoses

    Carotid Arterial Stenting

    Aneurysm Repair: Endovascular repair of AAA, Surveillance of treated and untreated AAA, treatment of visceral arterial aneurysms (coiling)

    Trauma Embolizations: Arterial rupture, splenic lacerations, liver lacerations, renal lacerations, Management of pseudoaneurysms with thrombin injection

    Uterine Artery Embolization: Diagnosis and Treatment of uterine Fibroids, Ballooning of Uterine arteries prior to complicated C-section, management of postsurgical uterine bleeding.

    Embolization for Epistaxis and Facial Tumors

    Treatment of Arteriovenous Malformations: Embolization and Glue

    TIPS: Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts for treatment of Refractory Ascites and Bleeding Varices.

    IVC Filters: Both permanent and temporary retrievable filters.

    Management of GI Bleed

    Management of Uncontrolled Hemoptysis

    Adrenal Vein Sampling