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.
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.
The insertion of a substance through a catheter into a blood vessel to stop hemorrhaging,or excessive bleeding.
A gastrostomy tube (feeding tube) is inserted into the stomach if the patient is unable totake food by mouth.
The use of ultrasound inside a blood vessel to better visualize the interior of the vessel inorder to detect problems inside the blood vessel.
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.
The use of a catheter inserted into a blood vessel to retrieve a foreign body in the vessel.
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.
A small filter is inserted into a blood clot to catch and break up blood clots.
Clot-losing agents, such as TPA, are injected into the body to dissolve blood clots,thereby increasing blood flow to the heart or brain.