Services at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center  

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology  

Interventional radiology at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center offers minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment procedures performed with image guidance.

Tiny catheters and miniature instruments, inserted into the body through a small opening in the skin, are guided through a patient’s network of arteries to internally treat conditions.

From cardiology to fetal surgery, interventional radiology offers several advantages over open surgery:

  • 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 Thunderbird perform a number of diagnostic and treatment procedures including:

  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization
  • Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation of Varicose Veins
  • Stenting
  • Catheter Placement
  • Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)
  • Cancer Treatments including:
    • Transarterial Chemoembolization
    • Radiofrequency Ablation of Tumors

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
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
5555 W. Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 865-5555
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