Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiologists diagnose and treat patients using minimally invasive technologies and techniques—catheters, guide wires, needles, balloons, stents, and other devices with radiological imaging.

These procedures, which may be categorized as endo-vascular (angiography), non-vascular (e.g., decompression and drainage of obstructed kidneys and bile ducts), and interventional oncology are performed in an interventional radiology suite, often on an outpatient basis.

Many procedures that were previously performed surgically are now accomplished by an interventional radiologist with fewer risks and a shorter hospital stay. These procedures include:

  • Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) for inoperable liver tumors
  • Interventional oncological procedures, including chemoembolization, ablation, and embolization of carcinoids
  • Treatment for bleeding disorders and vascular malformation (AVMS)
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Advanced management of patients with cirrhosis of liver
  • Palliative procedures for cancer patients
  • Spine and bone interventions
  • Lung interventions including pulmonary embolism management, lung cancer therapies, etc.
  • Angioplasty and stenting for artery stenosis (narrowing of the arteries)
  • Central venous access
  • Percutaneous feeding tube, drainage tube placement
  • Treatment for acutely clotted vasculature
  • Treatment of varicose veins

The following video demonstrates how to flush your drainage tube when connected to a drainage bag. The final part demonstrates how to connect/change out a drainage bag for use.

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