Our board-certified radiologists and certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) use interventional radiology, a type of minimally invasive procedure that helps them diagnose and treat certain medical conditions. At CHI Franciscan Health, we offer these minimally invasive procedures to treat many conditions.
What is interventional radiology?
Interventional radiology is the use of imaging technologies to help guide procedures for diagnosing and treating some types of medical conditions. Radiologists and PA-Cs who perform interventional procedures have special training in imaging technologies, including CT scans, fluoroscopy (real-time, moving X-ray images), MRIs and ultrasounds.
Our interventional radiologists and PA-Cs use these imaging techniques to “see” almost any part of the body from the outside. The images help guide the procedure as the provider inserts tiny instruments, such as catheters, needles and wires directly to the site of the issue or disease.
Benefits of interventional radiology
Interventional radiology has many advantages, some of which may include:
- Shorter recovery time because of fewer, smaller incisions than traditional open surgery
- Shorter hospital stay for interventional procedures that can be done in an outpatient setting
- Less anesthesia required if you’re having a procedure that requires only conscious sedation (medications that block pain and help you relax)
Interventional radiology procedures
We offer the following interventional radiology treatments:
If you believe an interventional radiology treatment may be right for you, talk with your doctor.