Interventional radiology refers to minimally invasive procedures that diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. Interventional radiologists insert a catheter (thin, flexible tube) through a tiny incision in your wrist or upper thigh and into a large blood vessel. We use X-ray, ultrasound, and other imaging techniques during the procedure to guide the catheter.
This less-invasive approach can offer an alternative to surgery for many people. Since interventional radiology procedures only require a small incision, it means you experience less pain and a faster recovery than with traditional surgery. Usually, interventional radiology procedures won’t need an overnight hospital stay.
Our interventional radiologists work with other doctors in a wide range of specialties to:
- Deliver intravenous (IV) (through the vein) medicines, such as antibiotics or cancer treatments like chemotherapy
- Drain excess fluid from an area
- Provide nutritional support (feeding tube)
- Restore blood flow in blocked or narrowed arteries
- Take a sample of tissue or cells (biopsy)
Why Choose UHealth?
Multidisciplinary approach. Cancer treatment at the University of Miami Health System has evolved to emphasize individualized care provided in a coordinated effort by multiple specialties. This includes oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and interventional radiologists. Interventional radiologists treat cancer from a loco-regional approach focusing on a specific organ or target lesion using minimally invasive intra-arterial or percutaneous techniques.
Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.
Leading-edge imaging care in South Florida. Our doctors are also researchers discovering new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment. That means you can get some of today’s most promising advancements through clinical trials. You benefit from the latest developments that are fast-tracked from the lab to the bedside.