Interventional Radiology Procedures
An X-ray of the arteries and veins to detect blockage or narrowing of the vessels. In many cases, the interventional radiologist can treat the blockages, such as those occurring in the arteries in the legs or kidneys, by inserting a small stent which inflates and opens the vessel. 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 to take food by mouth.
The use of ultrasound inside a blood vessel to better visualize the interior of the vessel in order to detect problems inside the blood vessel.
A tiny, expandable coil, called a stent, is placed inside a blood vessel at the site of a blockage. 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.
A small needle is inserted into the abnormal area in almost any part of the body, guided by imaging techniques, to obtain a tissue biopsy. This type of biopsy can provide a diagnosis without surgical intervention. An example of this procedure is called the needle breast 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.