Vascular and interventional radiology (VIR) is an exciting subspecialty which utilizes image-guidance to perform a variety of minimally invasive, vascular and non-vascular procedures to treat a wide range of diseases. Procedures are performed in the VIR suites using ultrasound, fluoroscopy or x-ray, and CT scanning for guidance. Instead of large incisions required for some open surgeries, these procedures are performed through small incisions, allowing catheters, needles and other devices to be guided to the treatment site. Examples of such interventions include image-guided biopsies, insertion of venous ports and catheters, thermal ablation of tumors through heating (microwave ablation) or freezing (cryoablation), treatment of liver tumors using catheters to inject chemotherapeutic agents (chemoembolization) or radioactive particles (radioembolization) directly into the tumors, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for spine fractures, uterine artery embolization (UAE) to treat fibroids, prostatic artery embolization (PAE) to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate) and endovenous laser ablation to treat varicose veins. Integrated IR and Independent IR residents, as well as Diagnostic Radiology residents, are comprehensively trained our division’s large case volume across this range of procedural patient care.
Our division of 10 clinical faculty members treats patients in 9 state-of-the-art procedure rooms with a 16-bed holding area to care for patients before and after their procedures. Patients can be seen in consultation to discuss treatment options in our newly remodeled VIR Clinic.
To make an appointment for a procedure with Vascular Interventional Radiology, please call 984-974-0445.
For questions about patient consultation appointments, please call 984-974-8778.