Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiologists at North Shore Medical Center are board certified and have special expertise in X-ray and imaging techniques, including CT scanners, MRI scanners, ultrasound scanners. Interventional radiology offers an alternative to the surgical treatments of many conditions and can eliminate the need for hospitalization, in some cases.
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Interventional Radiology Procedures


Angiograph

An x-ray of the arteries and veins to detect blockage or narrowing of the vessels. In manycases, the interventional radiologist can treat the blockages, such as those occurring inthe arteries in the legs or kidneys, by inserting a small stent which inflates and opens thevessel. This procedure is called a balloon angioplasty.

Angioplasty

The use of a small balloon on the tip of a catheter inserted into a blood vessel to open upan area of blockage inside the vessel.

Embolization

The insertion of a substance through a catheter into a blood vessel to stop hemorrhaging,or excessive bleeding.

Gastrostomy tubes

A gastrostomy tube (feeding tube) is inserted into the stomach if the patient is unable totake food by mouth.

Intravascular ultrasound

The use of ultrasound inside a blood vessel to better visualize the interior of the vessel inorder to detect problems inside the blood vessel.

Stent placement

A tiny, expandable coil, called a stent, is placed inside a blood vessel at the site of ablockage. The stent is expanded to open up the blockage.

Foreign body extraction

The use of a catheter inserted into a blood vessel to retrieve a foreign body in the vessel.

Needle biopsy

A small needle is inserted into the abnormal area in almost any part of the body, guidedby imaging techniques, to obtain a tissue biopsy. This type of biopsy can provide adiagnosis without surgical intervention. An example of this procedure is called the needlebreast biopsy.

Blood clot filters

A small filter is inserted into a blood clot to catch and break up blood clots.

Injection of clot-losing agents

Clot-losing agents, such as TPA, are injected into the body to dissolve blood clots,thereby increasing blood flow to the heart or brain.

Catheter insertions


A catheter is inserted into large veins for giving chemotherapy drugs, nutritional support,and hemodialysis. A catheter may also be inserted prior to bone-marrow transplantation.