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Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
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 Virginia Mason 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:
- Aspiration and drainage
- Central venous access
- Chest/arm port
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
- Stent placement
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)
- Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)
If you believe an interventional radiology treatment may be right for you, talk with your provider.