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Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology

St. Mary's Interventional Radiology Procedures

Interventional Radiologists are physicians who have specialized in minimally invasive procedures that involve imaging equipment such as X-rays, MRI, Ultrasound and CT to diagnose and treat disease.

Common interventional procedures include:

Angiography.  An X-ray exam of the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages and other blood vessel problems; uses a catheter to enter the blood vessel and a contrast agent or dye to make the artery or vein visible on X-ray.

Balloon Angiography.  Opens blocked or narrowed blood vessels by inserting a very small balloon into the vessel and inflating it.  Used by Radiologist to unblock clogged arteries in the legs or arms (called peripheral vascular disease), kidneys, brain or elsewhere in the body.

Embolization.  Delivery of clotting agents directly to an area that is bleeding or to block blood flow to a problem area, such as an aneurysm or fibroid tumor in the uterus.

Needle Biopsy.  Diagnostic test for breast, lung and other cancers.  An alternative to surgical biopsy.

Stent.  A small flexible tube made of plastic or mesh that is used to treat a variety of medical conditions by holding open clogged blood vessels or other pathways that have been blocked by tumors or obstructions.

Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty.  Uses bone cement and sometimes balloons to realign and secure spine fractures to alleviate pain.

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