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Interventional Radiology

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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 or brachytherapy
  • 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?

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.

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What to Expect

  • Angiogram

    An angiogram is an X-ray guided test that uses a special dye to allow your doctor to examine inside your blood vessels and check for blockages. In some instances, interventional radiologists can diagnose and treat the condition in a single procedure. Doctors also use noninvasive angiogram approaches, including magnetic resonance angiograms (MRA) and computed tomography angiograms (CTA).

  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)

    Like an angiogram, IVUS allows your doctor to examine the inside of your arteries and evaluate problems, such as narrowing or blockages, but this approach uses ultrasound-guidance instead of X-ray. During the procedure, your doctor inserts a tiny sound probe (transducer) that’s on the tip of a catheter (thin, flexible tube) and guides it to the area. The transducer uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the inside of a blood vessel and the layers of the vessel wall — an angiogram doesn’t show this level of detail. IVUS is also used to guide treatments, such as aneurysm repair, angioplasty, stenting, and others, as well as during minimally invasive surgeries.

  • Aneurysm repair

    An aneurysm is a weakening in a blood vessel wall that causes it to bulge or tear. Some can be treated with interventional radiology. To repair it, your doctor uses a catheter to place a stent or coil in the weakened area of the blood vessel to stop it from breaking open.

  • Angioplasty and stenting

    Angioplasty is a technique that opens blocked or narrowed blood vessels. During the procedure, your doctor uses a catheter with a deflated balloon, guides it to the narrowed area, and inflates the balloon to open the vessel and improve blood flow. Sometimes, doctors place a mesh tube (stent) in the blood vessel to hold it open.

  • NanoKnife®

    This targeted cancer treatment, also called irreversible electroporation (IRE), destroys small, hard-to-reach, soft-tissue tumors, particularly those that have spread to the liver, kidneys, or lungs. Electrical energy is directly applied into tumors to destroy cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. NanoKnife® causes few side effects and scarring, so it can be used multiple times if new tumors develop. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is the first provider in Florida and one of only a few facilities worldwide to offer this treatment.

  • Thrombolysis/thrombectomy

    These procedures break up a blood clot (embolism) in a blood vessel. Your doctor uses a catheter to guide clot-dissolving medicine to the clot or a device to break it up. Thrombolysis can be used to treat deep vein thrombosis (blood clot deep in the legs), open blocked vessels in people receiving dialysis, or for other conditions.

  • Vertebral compression fracture treatments

    A vertebral compression fracture (VCF) occurs when one of the bones that make up your spine (vertebra) breaks. We offer two minimally invasive procedures that use a hollow needle to deliver therapy:

    • Vertebroplasty: Injects a cement mixture into the fractured vertebra to repair it
    • Kyphoplasty: Inserts a balloon into the bone to restore the original shape and height of the vertebra. It creates a cavity, which will be filled with cement

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care