• Interventional Radiology

  • Interventional radiology is a specialty of radiology in which image-guided procedures are used to non-surgically diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases. Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in these minimally invasive procedures.

    Interventional radiologists thread narrow tubes, or catheters, through the body's arteries and organs. At every step, they use the images from X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, MRIs, and other imaging devices to direct their work. This allows the interventional radiologist to open blocked blood vessels, drain obstructions obtain biopsies and perform many other procedures. Interventional radiology is one of the most rapidly advancing areas of medicine.

    What is the difference between an interventional radiologist and a traditional radiologist?

    A traditional "diagnostic" radiologist uses imaging devices to rule out or uncover a problem, and then turns his findings over to another specialist. An interventional radiologist is trained to treat most of the diseases he will discover. As the treating physician, the interventional radiologist works closely with the patient, explaining and performing the procedure, handling any unexpected events, and providing follow up care with the patient.

    Conditions treated through interventional radiology

    Interventional radiology uses minimally invasive medical technology to treat a wide variety of conditions and disease states. Some of these include:

    • Cancer: Many new ways of treating cancer tumors are now being performed. Working with the oncology team, interventional radiologists use minimally invasive procedures to block off (embolize) blood vessels that are feeding a tumor, or they can insert chemotherapy and radiation directly to the tumor.
    • Clogged Arteries: Interventional radiologists use a technique called balloon angioplasty to unclog arteries anywhere in the body, including the legs, kidneys or arteries leading to the brain.
    • Heart Disease: Interventional radiologists perform diagnostic tests, such as angiography to help pinpoint heart conditions. They can also perform angioplasty or insert stents to open clogged arteries.
    • Gynecological Conditions: Chronic pelvic pain and uterine fibroids are two of the most common female conditions that can now be helped with minimally invasive procedures that cut off the blood supply to the pain-causing veins or arteries.
    • Leg Pain: Minimally invasive treatments are now commonly used to treat many different types of leg pain, including varicose veins, blood clots in the leg arteries and claudication, a pain that occurs in the legs when walking or exercising.
  • Schedule your appointment today

    Diagnostic imaging procedures and studies require a doctor’s order. To schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations, please call (719) 557-4444.

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