Interventional Radiology is a radiology specialty devoted to minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment. Interventional radiologists are doctors who specialize in minimally invasive targeted treatments using image guidance (ultrasound, CT, or x-rays). They use their expertise to guide tiny instruments, such as catheters, through blood vessels or through the skin to treat diseases without surgery
While no treatment is risk free, the risks of interventional radiology procedures are far lower than the risks of open surgery. Most procedures can be performed on an out-patient basis or require only a short stay. General anesthetic is usually not required, but sedation may be offered to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. Risk, pain, and recovery time are often significantly reduced.
To obtain preparation instructions for your upcoming test/procedure, click on the appropriate link below. You will be taken to www.radiologyinfo.org, a reliable, certified third-party radiology website that is updated frequently to provide you with current information.
Southlake Regional Health Centre supports the information provided on the following pages and will advise you of specific preparation instructions should they differ from the information presented on the pages below.
Angioplasty and Vascular Stenting
Biopsy – Breast - Ultrasound Guided
Chest Nodule – Needle Biopsy
Chest Tube Placement
Embolization – Uterus (fibroids)
Embolization – Catheter Directed
Filter – Inferior Vena Cava
Kidney – Radiofrequency Ablation
Liver Tumor – Radiofrequency Ablation
Needle Biopsy – Lung
Ovarian Vein Embolization
Percutaneous Abscess Drainage
Radiofrequency Ablation Liver Tumours
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Vertibroplasty & Kyphoplasty