Vascular and Interventional Radiology Service
List of Services Provided
- Diagnostic CTA/MRA
- Inpatient/Outpatient Consult Service
- Biopsy and Drainage Procedures
- Vascular Access, PICC lines, Chest Ports
- Hemodialysis Access
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Carotid Stenting
- Venous Disease
- Arterial and Venous Thrombolysis and Stenting
- Trauma and Bleeding
- Aneurysm Treatment
- Inferior Vena Cava Placement and Removal
- Visceral Angiography
- Gastrostomy Feeding Tube Placement
- Percutaneous Biliary and Nephrostomy Access
- Vascular Malformations
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization
- Male Varicocele and Female Pelvic Congestion
- Pain Interventions
- Interventional Oncology
- Thermal Ablation of Tumors
- Cerebral Angiography
How to make an appointment
Have your primary care or other provider send a referral to Interventional Radiology.
Hours of Operations
Monday Thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Federal Holidays: Closed
What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional Radiology is a medical specialty where doctors diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions in nearly every organ system by performing minimally-invasive surgical procedures through small incisions. Procedures are performed in a special operating room with various imaging equipment that is used for guidance and targeting of needles, wires, and catheters. Interventional Radiologists treat patients of all ages and are often collaborating with other medical subspecialties to provide alternative treatment options to surgery with reduced cost, recovery time, and risk due to the minimally invasive approach.
When will I be contacted after I am referred?
All referrals are reviewed by one of our IR Faculty. If approved, you will be contacted by one of our schedulers in about a week. If you do not hear from someone, please reach out to your referring provider. After your referral is approved, you will be contacted and given the appropriate contact information for future use.
What if I need an urgent or emergent referral to IR?
Your provider should contact the IR service directly to speak with one of our physicians to determine the appropriate timing of any urgent or emergent referral. This may require you to be admitted to the hospital or go to the emergency department to be evaluated.
Will I be put to sleep for my procedure?
Nearly all of the procedures performed on the IR service are performed under Moderate Sedation. This means that you will be awake but you will receive medication to make you drowsy and for pain control. There are few instances that involve General Anesthesia where you will be put to sleep with a breathing tube. Reasons that require this level of sedation may be related to underlying health conditions, complex procedures, or where high levels of pain control are required.
Can I eat or drink anything on the day of my procedure?
ALL patients are instructed to not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before their procedure. If you are taking oral medication, this is permitted on the morning of your procedure with water only. If you are a diabetic or are taking blood thinner medication, these require special instructions that will be discussed during your pre-procedure evaluation.
Can I drive myself to the hospital for my procedure?
No, for nearly all procedures offered by IR, you will need an escort to pick you up from the recovery area following the procedure. There are NO EXCEPTIONS for this policy. If you are unable to find a family member or friend to pick you up, you may need to be admitted overnight for observation. There are few exceptions to this policy, which will be discussed at the time of your pre-procedure clinic appointment.
How do I get in touch with one of the physicians after my procedure if I have questions or concerns?
You will be given instructions and contact information to contact the IR clinic after your procedure. If you have concerns after normal hours, and need immediate medical assistance you should go to your closest emergency department for evaluation, or call 911.
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If you have any questions, you may contact our Customer Relations office