Interventional Radiology uses image guidance (x-ray, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance) to perform minimally invasive surgical techniques. Image guidance allows for increased precision in performing procedures. Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. They include opening blocked arteries, occluding blood flow to tumors and bleeding sites, draining abscesses and using fine needles to biopsy masses. Conscious sedation, analgesia and local anesthesia are used for patient comfort.

Interventional and Vascular procedures that Charleston Radiologists offers:

  • Diagnostic arteriography and venography
  • Vascular angioplasty and stenting
  • Dialysis graft interventions
  • Thrombolysis including treatment of DVT
  • Venous Access
  • Inferior Vena Cava stenting and IVC filter placements
  • Biliary drainage and intervention
  • GU tract intervention
  • Gastrostomy and gastrojejunostomy tube placement and revisions
  • TIPS (transjugular intra-hepatic portosystemic shunt)
  • Biopsy and abscess drainages
  • Chemoembolization of liver tumors
  • Radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors
  • Uterine artery embolizations for uterine fibroids
  • Vertebroplasty for thoracic and lumbar spine fractures and compressions

Patient Preparation

Prior to most interventional procedures patients will not be allowed to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day before your procedure. Most people should continue to take their prescribed medications as long as it can be tolerated on an empty stomach. If you are a diabetic and take insulin, DO NOT TAKE YOUR INSULIN. If you take blood thinners such as Coumadin, tell your doctor so it can be stopped prior to your procedure. If you have any allergy to contrast (x-ray dye) or iodine, let your doctor know immediately. Do not smoke for at least 24 hours before your procedure. A nurse from the department will call you the day before your test to go over any special preparations and to answer your questions.


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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Hepatic Artery Chemoembolization
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
Transarterial Radioembolization with Therasphere
EKOS Catheter Directed Thrombolysis
Varicocele Embolization
Limb Salvage Therapy for Treatment of Critical Limb Ischemia
Other Interventional Treatments