Interventional Radiology

Today many conditions that once required surgery can be treated nonsurgically through interventional radiology − a form of treatment that offers less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.

Interventional radiologists at Saint Agnes use imaging technologies such as X-rays and ultrasound to guide catheters and other devices into blood vessels and other pathways of the body to perform a variety of procedures. Earlier this year, Saint Agnes added the latest in interventional imaging systems − the Siemens Artis Zee® − which allows clinicians to produce even greater imaging results directly in the procedure room, and minimize exposure to radiation.


  • Diagnostic angiograms (carotid, cerebral, extremity, pelvic, pulmonary, renal, visceral)
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Vascular stent placement (peripheral, renal, venous)
  • Thrombectomy
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Endovascular stentgraft placement for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA)
  • Embolization therapy (GI bleeds, hemoptysis, intractable nose bleeds, tumor treatment, uterine fibroids)
  • IVC filters
  • Venous access placement (central lines, dialysis catheters, implantable ports)
  • Non-invasive cardiovascular imaging (Doppler, MRI, CT scan)

Other interventional radiology services

  • TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt for treatment of bleeding and abdominal fluid caused by liver disease)
  • Biliary drainage procedures
  • Tumor embolization and ablation
  • Drainage procedures (abcess drainage, paracentesis, thoracentesis)
  • Image directed needle biopsy (kidney, liver, lung, thyroid)
  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty (link to detailed info)

Internet resources (Society of Interventional Radiology)

For more information about interventional radiology services, call (559) 450-8789.

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