Diagnostic Imaging

Interventional Radiology

Hallmark Health’s Interventional Radiology Department offers the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases using minimally invasive techniques.  Our staff focuses on disease detection, prevention and early treatment.  Our dedicated team of clerical, nursing and technical staff, along with our Interventional Radiologists strives to make you and your family’s medical experience a rewarding one.

What is interventional radiology?
Interventional radiologists are involved in the treatment of the patient, as well as the diagnosis of disease. They treat an ever-widening range of conditions inside the body from outside the body by inserting various small instruments or tools, such as catheters or wires, with the use of various x-ray and imaging techniques (i.e., CT scanners, MRI scanners, ultrasound scanners). Interventional radiology offers an alternative to the surgical treatment of many conditions and can eliminate the need for hospitalization, in some cases.

What are interventional radiologists?
Interventional Radiologists are board certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.  Our Interventional Radiologists use x-rays, CT scans, ultrasound and MRI images to diagnose and treat complex medical problems throughout the body.  Many medical conditions previously requiring open surgery are now treated by Interventional Radiologists through a small skin incision requiring no stitches

State of the art Interventional Suites
Our Cardiac and Endovascular Center has two state-of-the-art interventional suites with advanced imaging capabilities.  There is a five bed recovery area for pre and post-procedure patient monitoring as well as a physician and consultation/exam room for minor procedures and outpatient consultations.

What procedures do interventional radiologists perform?
Interventional radiologists perform a vast variety of procedures, including the following:
•    Angiography with angioplasty, stenting, thrombolysis and embolization
•    Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
•    Image-guided needle biopsies
•    Cancer therapy including embolization, radiofrequency ablation and port placement
•    Deep venous thrombosis thrombolytic therapy
•    IVC filter placement
•    Abscess drainage
•    Transhepatic cholangiogram with drainage and stent placement
•    Gastrostomy tubes (feeding tubes)
•    Genitourinary procedures including nephrostomy tubes and ureteral stenting
•    Thoracentesis/Paracentesis
•    Uterine Fibroid Embolization
•    Venous access procedures
•    Dialysis catheter placement and hemodialysis access maintenance
•    Kyphoplasty
•    Myelography
•    Varicose vein therapy

 Advantages of Interventional Radiology
•    Procedures require no large incisions; they are usually performed through a small nick in the skin the size of the lead tip of a pencil
•    Since there is no open surgery, there are no large scars following the procedure
•    Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis
•    Patients rarely require general anesthesia; typically moderate sedation is utilized
•    Risk, pain and recovery time are often significantly reduced
•    The procedures are sometimes less expensive than surgery or other alternatives

Frequently asked questions:

Should I worry about radiation exposure?
No. Interventional radiologists have completed dedicated training in radiation safety, radiation physics, the biological effects of radiation and injury prevention.

Will I have pain with my procedure?
Many interventional procedures require conscious sedation which is pain medication given through an IV.  You may fall asleep but can be easily aroused. You blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen level will be monitored if you are given conscious sedation.

How long will my procedure take?
Procedure time depends on many factors. Your Interventional Radiologist will review with you approximately how long your procedure will take prior to the examination.



 

 

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