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:
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization
- Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty for symptomatic compression fractures
- Radiofrequency for varicose veins
- Stroke intervention
- Deep Venous Thrombosis interventions
- Embolization for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
- Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)
- Interventional Oncology treatments including:
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of tumors
- Cryoablation of tumors
- Y-90 Radioembolization
- Drug-eluting beads Chemoembolization
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.