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Interventional Radiology Procedures

Instructions

Please click on an area of the map to the left to view Interventional Radiology procedures focused on that specific area of the body.

Angioplasty and Vascular Stenting
Angioplasty and angioplasty with vascular stenting are minimally invasive procedures performed to improve blood flow in the body's arteries.

Catheter Angiography
Angiography is a minimally invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Angiography uses one of three imaging technologies and, in some cases, a contrast material to produce pictures of major blood vessels throughout the body.

Catheter Embolization
Embolization is a minimally invasive treatment that occludes, or blocks, one or more blood vessels or vascular channels of malformations (abnormalities). In a catheter embolization procedure, medications or synthetic materials called embolic agents are placed inside a blood vessel to prevent blood flow to the area.

Chronic Pelvic Pain / Ovarian Varicose Veins
It is estimated that one-third of all women will experience chronic pelvic pain in their lifetime. Many of these women are told the problem is "all in their head" but recent advancements now show the pain may be due to hard to detect varicose veins in the pelvis, known as pelvic congestion syndrome.

Computed Tomography (CT) - Angiography
Angiography is a minimally invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Angiography uses one of three imaging technologies and, in some cases, a contrast material to produce pictures of major blood vessels throughout the body.

Chemoembolization
In chemoembolization, anti-cancer drugs are injected directly into the artery supplying the cancerous tumor. In addition, synthetic material called an embolic agent is placed inside the arteries that supply blood to the tumor, preventing blood from flowing to the diseased tissue.

Catheter-directed Thrombolysis
Thrombolysis is a minimally invasive treatment that dissolves abnormal blood clots in blood vessels to help improve blood flow and prevent damage to tissues and organs. In a catheter-directed thrombolysis procedure, x-ray imaging is used to help guide a special medication or medical device to the site of blood clots to eliminate the blockage.

Epidural Injections
An epidural injection is delivered into the epidural space of the spine to provide temporary or prolonged relief from pain or inflammation. The epidural space is located outside the dural membrane. Steroids, anesthetics and anti-inflammatory medications are typically delivered in an epidural injection. The injection may reduce pain and swelling in and around the spinal nerve roots, as well as around damaged nerves which in time may heal.

Magnetic Resonance (MR) - Angiography
Angiography is a minimally invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Angiography uses one of three imaging technologies and, in some cases, a contrast material to produce pictures of major blood vessels throughout the body. In magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer produce the detailed images. MR angiography does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).

Magnetic Resonance (MR)-Guided Breast Biopsy
A breast biopsy is performed to remove some cells—either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle—from a suspicious area in the breast and examine them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. During a breast biopsy, part or all of a tumor may be removed.

Needle Biopsy of Lung (Chest) Nodules
A needle biopsy, also called a needle aspiration, involves removing some cells—either surgically or in a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle—from a suspicious area within the body and examining them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis.

Nerve Blocks
A nerve block is an anesthetic or anti-inflammatory injection targeted toward a certain nerve or group of nerves to treat pain. The purpose of the injection is to "turn off" a pain signal coming from a specific location in the body or to decrease inflammation in that area.

Thermal Ablation of Liver and Kidney Tumors
Cool-tip™ Insertion Ablation SystemIn radiofrequency ablation, imaging techniques such as ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) are used to help guide a needle electrode into a cancerous tumor. High-frequency electrical currents are then passed through the electrode, creating heat that destroys the abnormal cells.

Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumors
Radiofrequency ablation, sometimes referred to as RFA, is a minimally invasive treatment for cancer. It is an image-guided technique that heats and destroys cancer cells. In radiofrequency ablation, imaging techniques such as ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) are used to help guide a needle electrode into a cancerous tumor. High-frequency electrical currents are then passed through the electrode, creating heat that destroys the abnormal cells.

Sacroplasty
Similar to vertebroplasty, this is a minimally invasive procedure that strengthens a fractured sacrum, one of the bones that makes up the pelvis, using image guidance to administer bone cement via small needles.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine uses ionizing radiation to help guide the interventional radiologist’s instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.

Thermal Ablation of Painful Bone Tumors
In percutaneous thermal ablation, imaging techniques such as ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) are used to help guide a needle into a tumor with the application of extreme heat (thermal or microwave ablation) or cold (cryoablation) to kill the cancerous cells.

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)
Patients who typically need a TIPS have portal hypertension, a condition that causes increased pressure in the portal vein. This pressure causes blood to flow backward from the liver into the intestines, causing enlarged veins and blood vessels, bleeding and the accumulation of fluid in the chest or abdomen.

Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
In ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, ultrasound imaging is used to help guide the interventional radiologist's instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive treatment for fibroid tumors in the uterus. Fibroid tumors, also known as myomas, are masses of fiber and muscle tissue in the wall of the uterus. Although these tumors are not cancerous, they may cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain in the pelvic region and pressure on the bladder or bowel.

Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous)
Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that uses heat to cauterize or burn and seal off enlarged veins in the legs, a condition called varicose veins.

Vascular Access Procedures
A vascular access procedure involves the insertion of a catheter into a blood vessel to provide a painless way of drawing blood or delivering drugs and nutrients into a patient\'s bloodstream over a period of weeks, months or even years.

Vertebroplasty
Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that strengthens a fractured or broken or vertebra, the small bones that make up the spinal column.

Riverside Medical Center
Interventional Radiology
350 North Wall Street
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Phone: (815) 802-7577