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We use interventional radiology to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions without surgery. Specialists use medical imaging devices to see inside your body and deliver treatment or remove tissue quickly. This less invasive alternative causes less pain, fewer complications and faster recovery.

Contact your healthcare provider to find out if an interventional radiology procedure is right for you. Our interventional radiologists also are available to talk with you about the best treatment option for you. Call (574) 533-7476 for an appointment.

How interventional radiology works

Specialists called interventional radiologists use imaging techniques, such as X-ray, computed tomography or ultrasound, to guide tiny instruments into your body. When they reach the area that needs treatment, doctors can take biopsies, place stents, or deliver medication or treatment exactly where you need it.

Many interventional radiology procedures involve using the vascular system – the blood vessels in your body – to reach almost any organ. Doctors place a small catheter into an artery or vein and guide it to the exact area where they need to perform the procedure or treatment.

We use local anesthesia and moderate sedation for most procedures, instead of full anesthesia. In most cases, you can go home the same day of the procedure. Patients usually get relief from symptoms quickly and return to daily activities faster than with surgery.

Conditions we treat

Interventional radiology gives you a less invasive alternative to treat diseases and conditions throughout the body.

  • Heart and vascular conditions
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Urologic disorders
  • Male and female health conditions

Image-guided procedures can open blockages, stop blood flow, reduce tumor size, and dissolve or remove blood clots throughout the body.

Minimally invasive approach to control blood flow

We use a procedure called embolization to control bleeding for patients with a variety of conditions. It is a less invasive procedure than open surgery.

Interventional radiologists deliver small beads, called microspheres, into blood vessels that lead to a tumor or abnormal tissue. The beads block blood flow, which cuts off the supply of oxygen and nutrients in the targeted area.

Radioembolization shrinks tumors in the liver by blocking blood flow and delivering radiation, chemotherapy or heat directly to the tumor site.

Uterine fibroid embolization controls severe menstrual bleeding by stopping blood flow to the uterus, causing fibroids to shrink.

Prostate artery embolization improves urinary function by partially closing off blood supply to the gland and shrinking an enlarged prostate.

Hemorrhoidal embolization stops bleeding in the rectum by reducing blood flow and shrinking hemorrhoids.

Treatment for circulation disorders

Interventional radiology procedures offer options to treat blockages in the heart or damage in blood vessels without major surgery.

Endovascular procedures, such as angioplasty and stent placement, improve blood flow throughout the body by opening or repairing arteries blocked by plaque buildup.

Thrombolysis and thrombectomy treat deep vein thrombosis to improve blood flow by breaking up or dissolving blood clots in leg veins.

Nonvascular procedures

Image-guided biopsies use ultrasound or CT scans to guide instruments into hard-to-reach places within the body to take tissue samples needed to test for disease.

Paracentesis or thoracentesis removes fluid or air from the abdomen or around the lungs.

Lumbar punctures remove a small amount of fluid from the spinal canal to help diagnose diseases of the central nervous system.

Pain management injections relieve pain in joints and the spinal column caused by trauma, osteoporosis and other degenerative conditions.

We're here to help

Our interventional radiology services offer an alternative to surgery for patients with cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal conditions, urologic problems or men’s and women’s health issues.

Contact your healthcare provider to find out if an interventional radiology procedure is right for you. Our interventional radiologists also are available to talk with you about the best treatment option for you. Call (574) 533-7476 for an appointment.


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