What Are My Medical Imaging Options?
State-of-the-art imaging technologies and expertly trained and certified imaging professionals ensure accurate imaging services for inpatients, outpatients, pediatric patients and emergency patients at all Banner Health facilities.
Additionally, Banner offers interventional radiology services for medical conditions ranging from heart care and women's health to fetal surgery. Fetal surgery is surgery performed while the baby is still in the womb.
What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of medical imaging in which Banner Health’s team of professionals performs minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment procedures. Our team guides tiny catheters (thin tubes) and miniature instruments – inserted into your body through a small opening in the skin – through your arteries to treat problems inside your body.
From heart care to fetal surgery, interventional radiology is a state-of-the-art alternative to open surgery with such advantages as:
- 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 Health perform a number of diagnostic and treatment procedures, including:
- Cancer treatments, including transarterial chemoembolization and radiofrequency ablation of tumors
- Catheter placement
- Endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)
- Peripheral vascular disease treatment
- Uterine fibroid embolization
- Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
Recent advances in the overall field of interventional radiology include:
- Carotid artery angioplasty and stenting to prevent stroke
- Catheter-directed thrombolysis (dissolving a blood clot) with peripheral arterial thrombolysis and/or peripheral venous thrombolysis to clear blood clots and prevent disability from deep-vein thrombosis and stroke
- Embolization therapy to stop hemorrhaging or to block blood supply to a tumor
- Nonsurgical ablation (destruction) of tumors to kill cancer without harming surrounding tissue
- Transradial catheterization, a procedure to access your heart through an artery in your wrist instead of traditional catheterization through an artery in your groin
Why Should I Choose Interventional Radiology at Banner Health?
Interventional radiology may be a good option for you and your doctor to discuss based on its benefits to you, the procedures available and recent advances in the field.