Welcome to the website for the Division of Vascular Interventional Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! I am pleased that you are looking through our site and hope that the information contained herein is helpful to you. If you wish to have any additional information, please feel free to contact us personally.
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 to treat fibroids, prostate artery embolization to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate) and endovenous laser ablation to treat varicose veins.
Our division has 9 state of the art procedure rooms with a 13-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.