What Is Interventional Radiology?
In the field of radiology, diagnostic radiologists use medical imaging studies to evaluate the internal structures of the body to diagnose injuries, illnesses and physical anomalies. Physicians who practice interventional radiology also interpret imaging studies, but they can take it a step further: Interventional radiologists use state-of-the-art imaging modalities such as CT, fluoroscopy and ultrasound to perform image-guided, minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat conditions throughout the body such as cancer or stroke. As a result, they’re able to use the least invasive techniques possible and reduce the patient’s cost, pain, recovery time and surgical risk.
The interventional radiologists at UK HealthCare are part of the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.
Interventional Radiology Specialties
During an interventional radiology procedure, physicians maneuver needles and catheters through the patient’s body as they watch their progress on a screen. Once they reach the problematic area, they may perform a procedure that cures, repairs or improves a health issue, often without any additional incisions.
While common therapeutic procedures, such as balloon angioplasty and vascular stenting, were originally developed by interventional radiologists, these specialists now perform a wide variety of minimally invasive treatments.
Some of those treatments address:
- Biliary obstruction
- Chronic pelvic pain in women
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Kidney cancers and noncancerous kidney masses
- Liver cancer and cancers that have spread to the liver
- Lung cancer and cancers that have spread to the lung or bones
- Pelvic congestion syndrome
- Portal hypertension
- Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations
- Spinal compression fractures
- Urinary obstruction
- Uterine fibroids
- Vascular malformations
The specialists also perform:
- Hemodialysis access management
- Inferior vena cava filter replacements and removals
- Vascular access for chemotherapy and long-term infusions
Why Choose UK HealthCare for Interventional Radiology?
Each of the interventional radiology physicians at UK HealthCare Interventional Radiology is highly skilled, fellowship-trained and board-certified by the American Board of Radiology. The physicians have specialized training and are recognized as experts in their field, and they actively consult with physician colleagues, not just at UK HealthCare, but at hospitals across the region. The UK HealthCare interventional radiologists also participate in multidisciplinary clinics and conferences, and they serve as dedicated teachers to medical students, residents and fellows.
The most complex interventional radiology procedures take place in one of our dedicated angiography suites at the UK Chandler Hospital, all of which feature the latest and most advanced imaging technology. UK Chandler Hospital has been repeatedly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region.
We’ve Got You Covered
You don’t need to have a UK HealthCare primary care provider to access UK HealthCare Interventional Radiology services. Your physician can make a referral, or you can schedule an appointment without a physician referral. Our office staff can work with you or your physician to help you get approval for your procedure.
Education and Resources
For in-depth and detailed information about specific procedures offered by interventional radiologists, visit the websites below. These sites are both maintained by reputable national interventional radiology societies and trusted sources of information: