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Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology  

Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimal invasive, image guided procedures. They use fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT) and other imaging modalities to diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases. Visit the website of the Society of Interventional Radiology for more information.

Tiny catheters and miniature instruments are inserted through a small incision in the skin and are guided through a patient’s body with real time X-ray to internally treat many conditions. Interventional radiologists offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments, coupled with clinical experience across all specialties. 

Compared to open surgery, advantages of the minimally invasive procedures include:

  • Shorter recovery times
  • Less severe side effects
  • Less scarring
  • Usually does not require general anesthesia
  • May provide treatment options for people diagnosed with inoperable conditions, or who otherwise are not candidates for open surgery

Interventional radiologists at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix perform a number of diagnostic and treatment procedures including:

A leader in advanced medical care, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix's team of interventional radiologists were the first to bring innovative therapies such as SIR-Sphere® and TheraSphere® radioembolization treatments for inoperable liver cancers to Arizona and the Southwest:

  • 2001 – Conducted the first TheraSphere® procedure in the West. This specialized procedure delivers millions of microscopic radioactive glass beads to an inoperable liver tumor through a catheter. The spheres are trapped in the tumor’s capillary bed where they burn away the tumor from the inside.
  • 2001 – Became the site of the first TheraSphere®/liver transplant "bridge" in the United States when a TheraSphere® treatment enabled a local man with liver cancer to regain enough liver function to receive a liver transplant.
  • 2002 – Conducted the first SIR-Sphere® procedure in the country. to treat metastatic cancers that form in the liver.
  • 2009 – Conducted the first Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) procedure on patient with liver tumor in United States outside of clinical trials.

Recent advances in the overall field of interventional radiology include:

  • Non-surgical ablation of tumors to kill cancer without harming surrounding tissue
  • Embolization therapy to stop hemorrhaging or to block blood supply to a tumor
  • Catheter-directed thrombolysis to clear blood clots and prevent disability from deep vein thrombosis and stroke
  • Carotid artery angioplasty and stenting to prevent stroke

To schedule a medical imaging procedure at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, please call (602) 839-4633.

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 839-2000
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