Interventional Radiology

Vascular and Interventional Radiology is a medical subspecialty dedicated to using minimally invasive surgical techniques with imaging guidance. A familiar example is an angioplasty to open clogged blood vessels. Vascular and Interventional Radiology procedures often replace open surgical procedures. They are generally easier for the patient because they involve no large incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times.The purpose of this website is to provide information on modern Vascular and Interventional Radiological procedures to those with medical problems that may be resolved through this technology.

Vascular Health Check List

  • Have you had your yearly wellness checkup?
  • Do you exercise and eat healthy regularly?
  • Do you watch your weight?

What is percutaneous biliary drainage?

Percutaneous biliary drainage is a procedure that drains bile from the liver. A tube is placed through the skin into the liver to relieve jaundice (yellowing of the skin) caused by a blockage in the bile duct...

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)?

The aorta is the largest artery in the body. It carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The aorta is normally 2 to 3 centimeters in size. An aneurysm is a weakening ...

What is a percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA)?

A PTA is a therapeutic interventional radiology procedure in which a stenosis ( a narrowing of an artery or vein) is opened using a balloon tipped catheter that is inflated to the normal size of the vessel...

Why is vascular access necessary?

Patients with certain medical conditions require long-term intravenous access for administration of medications, chemotherapy, and/or nutritional supplements. Patients with kidney failure may require intravenous access for hemodialysis...