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Interventional Radiology

DeKalb Medical is a premiere provider of interventional radiology in Georgia and offers a broad range of diagnostic interventional radiology procedures. Our interventional radiology staff is led by board-certified radiologists and vascular specialists, specially trained, certified nurses and ancillary staff.

Interventional radiology, sometimes referred to as IR, is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. Some interventional radiology procedures such as an angiogram are done for purely diagnostic purposes while others such as angioplasty are done for treatment purposes. Images are used to direct these procedures, which are usually done with needles or other tiny instruments, such as small tubes called catheters. The images provide “road maps” that allow the interventional radiologist to guide the instrument through the body to the areas of interest.

A radiologist who is specially trained in reviewing your images will promptly analyze your images and provide a report to your physician about the findings of your interventional radiology procedure at DeKalb Medical. Your physician will share the results with you.

Types of Interventional Radiology Procedures

Interventional radiology in Georgia is available at DeKalb Medical where these IR procedures are provided by our team of experts.

  • Endovascular – Two minimally invasive procedures used to improve blood flow in the body’s arteries.
  • Angioplasty of vessels – An interventional radiology procedure in which a very small balloon is used to open a blocked blood vessel.
  • Central venous access – External access for long-term intravenous (IV) therapy that involves placement of a catheter in the vein.
  • Chemoembolization – Delivery of cancer-fighting agents directly to the site of a cancer tumor.
  • Embolization – Delivery of a clotting agent directly to an area that is bleeding, such as a traumatized vessel.
  • Fallopian tube recanalization – Opening of blocked fallopian tubes to help with infertility.
  • Fistulagram– A procedure that evaluates why a fistula or graft (synthetic connection of an artery and a vein for hemodialysis to treats kidney failure) is not functioning properly and uses angioplasty/stent placement or thrombolysis to treat blockages.
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty – Procedures to restore bone placement and reduce pain from compression bone fractures from trauma, cancer or osteoporosis.
  • Needle biopsy – A procedure in which a needle is used to obtain a sample of cells for testing, used with CT-guided biopsies and ultrasound-guided biopsies
  • Nephrostomy tube –The placement of a catheter into the kidney for treatment of obstruction and access for kidney stones.
  • Radiofrequency (RF) ablation – Use of radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy cancerous tumors.
  • Thrombolysis – Use of thrombolytic drugs (drugs that dissolve clots) to eliminate the blockage in a peripheral artery caused by a blood clot.
  • TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) – A lifesaving procedure that improves blood flow and prevents hemorrhage in patients with severe liver dysfunction.
  • Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) – A treatment for uterine fibroids, non-cancerous tumors that grow within the uterine muscle.
  • Vascular access procedures – A procedure that involves the insertion of a flexible thin plastic tube or catheter into a blood vessel to provide a painless way of drawing blood or delivering drugs and nutrients into a patient's bloodstream over a period of weeks, months or even years.
  • Endovascular – A small metal tube inserted into the blood vessel to hold it open; often inserted after angioplasty.

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