Interventional radiology is a medical sub-specialty of radiology utilizing minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. The concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes. These procedures have less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery. Our vascular and interventional team consists of highly-trained and specialized radiologists, neurosurgeons, nurses and technologists. Our mission is to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment to patients with a variety of health problems.

The services provided by our section include, but are not limited to:

  • Arterial or Venous Angiography
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Treatment of Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Emergent Stroke Therapy
  • Biliary Drainage
  • Central Venous access
  • Chemoembolizations
  • Radioembolizations
  • Embolizations
  • Radio frequency Ablations (RFA)
  • Thrombolysis
  • Gastrointestinal Interventions 
  • Genitourinary Interventions 
  • Biopsies and Drainages

Before Your Procedure

  • Do not drink or eat anything eight hours prior to your appointment. (You may take your medicine with small sips of water.) 
  • Bring the medications or a list of the medications you are currently taking.  
  • Leave your valuables (jewelry) at home.
  • You must be accompanied by a responsible adult to drive you home. You MAY NOT drive or go home in public transportation without a responsible adult. If this procedure is not followed, your exam may be rescheduled. 
  • We will contact you prior to the procedure for a medical pre-screening interview and to make sure you know what to expect. 
  • Please plan to spend as long as 8-10 hours for an Interventional Radiology Procedure.
  • Please call the Interventional Radiology Department at 305-585-6000 if you have questions about preparation for your exam.

During Your Procedure

  • You will first need to sign in at the registration desk.
  • The nurses will introduce themselves, will examine you and review your past medical history and laboratory exam results. They will explain the procedure and you will be asked to sign a consent form.
  • The nurse may place monitors on you to measure your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen level. 
  • For most procedures, you will be given sedation. 
  • You will receive a puncture in your groin, neck, or arm.

After Your Procedure

  • After most interventional radiology procedures, you will be taken to a recovery room for observation.
  • You will be monitored for redness at the site of the puncture, fever, increasing leg pain, or lightheadedness.
  • If you are going home, discharge instructions will be given to you. You must have a ride home.
  • Some procedures may require an overnight admission to the hospital. 
  • The results of your interventional procedure will be made available to the prescribing physician.