Interventional Radiology Interventional radiologists use imaging guidance and cutting edge tools and technology to offer minimally invasive treatment options as an alternative to surgery. Interventional radiologists may provide treatments in any area of the body including the brain, spine, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and veins. When compared to surgery, interventional radiology procedures are generally safer, more cost effective, and require less recovery time. Vertebral Augmentation Procedures Vertebral augmentation procedures are typically used to treat painful compression fractures caused by osteoporosis. These minimally invasive procedures help to reduce pain by stabilizing fractured vertebra and allow patients to return home the same day or the following day. Vertebroplasty, a vertebral augmentation procedure that uses imaging guidance to inject a special bone cement into a fractured vertebra. The cement hardens to form an internal cast, which supports the vertebra and helps to relieve pain. Kyphoplasty, a vertebral augmentation procedure that uses a balloon to create a cavity within the fractured vertebra, which is then filled with a special bone cement. The cement hardens to form an internal cast. Which supports the vertebra and helps to relieve pain. Interventional Stroke Therapy Stroke is a life-threatening emergency and is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. At Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, interventional radiologists are available 24/7 to provide radiology reports and interventional stroke therapies to stroke patients. Current interventional stroke therapies include: Intra-arterial Thrombectomy, a stroke treatment that places a retrievable device to suction or trap the clot for removal. Intra-arterial Thrombolysis, a treatment for acute ischemic stroke, which delivers a clot-dissolving substance to the area around the clot. Peripheral Vascular Intervention Endovascular Management of PAD, DVT, or Aneurysms (EVAR), minimally invasive treatments performed on the blood vessels using a thin catheter inserted through a small incision, usually in the groin. Dialysis Access Intervention Our Interventional Radiologists work closely with the patient’s nephrologist and surgeon to maintain dialysis access through minimally invasive techniques. Interventional Oncology Interventional oncology is a subspecialty field of interventional radiology in which physicians diagnose cancer and provide treatment through targeted, minimally invasive procedures. Interventional oncologists work closely with local oncologists, and participate in weekly multidisciplinary oncology conferences. Some of the procedures performed by our interventional oncologists include: Radioembolization (Y90), a treatment for liver cancer in which the blood vessels that supply the cancer cells are targeted for highly localized radiation therapy to destroy tumor cells. Chemoembolization, a treatment in which chemotherapy and other microscopic materials are injected directly into blood vessels supplying the cancer cells. Thermoablation, a treatment for tumors of the kidneys, lungs, or liver, in which the cancer cells are killed through extreme heat or freezing. Central Venous Port Placement, a procedure that connects a permanent IV or catheter, which can be used to deliver medicine, nutrients or other fluids directly into the blood stream. Image-guided Needle Biopsy, a procedure in which imaging guidance is used to direct a needle to a precise location, where a tissue sample can be removed for further testing. Developed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), RadiologyInfo.org provides more information about radiology tests, treatments and patient safety.