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Interventional Radiology

Through a small incision, Interventional Radiologists deliver precise, targeted treatment to complex diseases and conditions. IR treatments are revolutionizing treatments for conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, uterine fibroids, varicose veins and other common and serious medical issues. IR is helpful in minimizing impact, recovery time, and pain for patients who are in poor health or who have already undergone numerous surgeries.

Image Guided.
Minimally Invasive.


From 24/7 acute stoke care to 64 slice screening capabilities, our team of specialists rely on the latest technology to provide optimal care and outstanding results. IR procedures are typically performed in the hospitals we serve, and include advances in medicine that replace open surgical procedures. IR procedures are generally easier for patients because they involve no large incisions, reduced risk, less pain and have shorter recovery times. Interventional surgical procedures can involve both the vascular and non-vascular systems and may require follow-up clinical visits with the surgeon.

Interventional Radiology Procedures


Angiography

Used to examine blood vessels in key areas of the body and diagnose and treat medical conditions. A catheter is inserted into an artery and guided to the area to be examined.

Angioplasty & Stenting

Used to improve blood flow in arteries and veins. A catheter is guided to the narrow or blocked vessel and a balloon is inflated allowing a stent to be placed.

Aortic Stent Graft

A stent graft is a fabric tube supported by metal mesh, inserted through a small incision in an artery or vein. Used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Needle Biopsy

A needle is used to extract cells from a suspicious area. Combined with imaging, it is used to collect cells from areas that cannot be felt through the skin.

Bone Biopsy

A small sample of bone is taken from the body, using CT guidance, and examined for cancer, infection, or other disorders. Used on bone areas that show problems on an X-ray.

Dialysis Catheter Placement

Used to establish and maintain access to the blood system for dialysis treatments. A soft tube is placed to send blood to the dialysis machine and return clean blood to the body.

Fallopian Tube Recanalization

Used to diagnose and treat blockages in the fallopian tubes without an incision. A flexible tube, or catheter, is placed into the uterus to open the blockage.

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Nephrostomy

X-rays or ultrasound are used to locate the kidney and a needle is inserted. The nephrostomy catheter is placed through the skin into the kidney to drain urine.

Ureteral Stent

A stent is placed in the ureter to restore urine flow, which may become obstructed as a result of kidney stones, tumors, blood clots, post-surgical swelling, or infection.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Through a tiny incision in the wrist or groin, a catheter is inserted delivering particles that block the small blood vessels feeding the fibroids, causing them to shrink and disappear.

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Kidney Stone Removal

Used to break up and remove kidney stones, and performed by a urologist and radiologist team. The radiologist inserts the catheter and guides it to the desired location.

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)

A small tubular metal device is placed in the veins in the middle of the liver to permit blood flow to bypass the liver and relieve increased pressure on the portal vein.

Biliary Drain Stenting

A catheter is passed directly into the liver or gallbladder allowing bile to drain past the obstruction into the intestines, and to a bag outside the body.

Biliary Stone Removal

A needle is inserted below the ribs and into the liver where contrast material is injected and bile ducts and x-rays are taken. The doctor can then remove the stones.

Arterial Thrombolysis

A filter is inserted into the arterial blood system preventing clots from lodging in the lungs. Can be used with devices to break up and remove clots, as well as clot-busting medicines.

Chemoembolization

A thin catheter is inserted into the femoral artery, guided to the liver, and positioned in the artery feeding the tumor. Anti-cancer drugs and embolic agents are injected.

Testicular Varicocele Embolization

Used to treat a tangled network of blood vessels that affects blood flow to the testicles. A small catheter is inserted into the groin and guided to the varicocele vein.

Pelvic Varicocele Embolization

Using image guidance, a catheter is placed into the abnormal veins and permanently closes them, allowing blood to flow through other healthy venous channels.

Tumor Ablation

Used to destroy cancer cells. The method depends on the tumor and location. The use of imaging ensures that the entire tumor is treated completely.

Radioembolization (Y90)

Millions of radioactive beads are injected into the hepatic artery and lodge in the tumors. Radiation delivered over several days delivers targeted therapy to the tumor.

Deep Vein Thrombosis Procedures

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the deep venous system, usually in the legs. DVT can cause lasting damage to veins, including post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS).

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Peripheral Vascular Disease Procedures

Also called peripheral arterial disease (PAD), PVD commonly results from atherosclerosis, a condition where arteries become narrowed or clogged, interfering with normal blood flow.

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Varicose Vein Procedures

Varicose veins are large, swollen veins that often appear on the legs and feet. They happen when the valves in the veins do not work properly, so the blood does not flow effectively.

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Scheduling a Procedure


Patients need a referral from their specialist, surgeon or primary care physician for any Interventional Radiology procedure. We also have a clinic to meet patients and review their imaging and management plans in depth. A nurse will contact you to make arrangements for the procedure, answer questions, and notify you of preparation instructions.

Call 651.917.9930 for the minimally invasive experts at Midwest Radiology.

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Our Physicians


Interventional radiologists specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. Using imaging technology, they are able to treat the source of many diseases non-surgically. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Midwest Radiology has several board certified radiologists who are fellowship trained in percutaneous, under the skin, interventions using guided imaging.

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