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Interventional Radiology

Washington Hospital’s Interventional Radiology (IR) physicians offer many options for the least invasive treatments available.

IR refers to a range of techniques which rely on the use of radiological image guidance (X-ray fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomography [CT] or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) to precisely target therapy. Most IR treatments are minimally invasive alternatives to open or laparoscopic surgery. Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively with IR procedures. Generally, this means fewer complications and shorter recovery times compared to surgical options.

Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians with additional advanced training in a broad spectrum of minimally invasive procedures.

Minimally invasive IR treatments include:


  • Diagnostic angiography
  • Angioplasty, atherectomy and stenting for peripheral arterial disease
  • Renovascular and mesenteric revascularizations
  • Aneurysms bleeding (GI, pseudoaneurysm, GU, hemoptysis, epistaxis, trauma)


  • IVC filtration
  • Deep venous thrombosis
  • Pulmonary emboli
  • Varicoceles and varicose veins
  • Venous occlusions, chronic and acute
  • Arteriovenous malformations


  • Chemoembolization for primary and metastatic tumors in liver
  • Y-90 radiation beads
  • Image-guided ablation of tumors – bone, breast, kidney, liver, lung
  • Chest port insertion
  • Image-guided biopsies

Spine and pain management

  • Compression fractures – kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty
  • Epidural and facet injections
  • Neuromodulation trials
  • Image-guided joint and tendon injections

Women’s health

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Varicose veins
  • Fallopian tube interventions

Dialysis access

  • Fistula interventions
  • Permcath placement and revisions
  • Venous occlusions

GI, GU, and hepatobiliary interventions

  • Biliary decompression and stenting
  • Hydronephrosis and ureteral disease
  • Enteric tube insertion and revision

For questions about Washington Hospital Interventional Radiology services, please call 510.818.7362.

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