Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiologists at USA Health in Mobile, Alabama, use image-guided procedures to help diagnose and treat patients in a minimally invasive manners.

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Interventional Radiology at USA Health

Radiology helps physicians see what’s happening inside a patient’s body. Interventional radiology is a sub-specialty of this field that goes beyond merely capturing images to actually treating patients by using some of the same advanced imaging technology.

With CT scanning, ultrasound, CT fluoroscopy and real-time fluoroscopy, our team provides minimally invasive therapies to patients facing many different diagnoses. Most of these procedures are "same day" procedures, and patients are able to go home the same day or the following morning. With these less invasive procedures, patients face fewer risks and shorter hospital stays.

Conditions Commonly Treated With Interventional Radiology

USA Health interventional radiologists successfully treat patients with some of the following conditions:

Cancer

With CT- and ultrasound-guided biopsies, our radiologists can biopsy tissue to determine if it is malignant. When cancer is indicated, our team can use radio frequency ablation techniques to destroy tumors. One of our most advanced technologies for treating a broad range of tumors, both malignant and non-malignant, is with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System. This alternative to traditional surgery requires no cutting, which means no pain and minimal recovery time for the patient.

Kidney Disease

Interventional radiologists at USA Health perform angioplasty, also known as balloon dilation, of the renal artery to combat high blood pressure. We use ultrasound guidance to easily place all types of catheters including those used for dialysis. Other minimally invasive therapies that we use include the maintenance of any arterial venous grafts, connections placed between the arteries and veins in dialysis patients.

Liver Disease

Some liver diseases cause fluid retention in the abdomen or bleeding from the mouth. In such cases, our interventional radiologists place a transluminal intravenous percutaneous shunt (TIPS) to allow the blood to be rechanneled. In cases of repeated bleeding from the mouth, we can also place a catheter to facilitate drainage.

Vascular Issues

Our specialists perform angioplasty of the arteries in the legs or pelvis to help restore blood flow. We often place vascular stents during the procedure to help open narrowed or blocked vessels.

Bile Duct and Gallbladder Issues

When drainage is needed in organs such as the bile ducts and gallbladder, but a patient may not be a candidate for surgery, our team can use a minimally invasive procedure to drain the organ.

Uterine Issues

USA Health interventional radiologists offer patients a treatment called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). This minimally invasive procedure is an alternative to surgical hysterectomy.

Infections

In cases where patients have infections (abscesses), our team can place tubes for drainage.

Stomach Issues

When patients require long-term feeding, we can place feeding tubes directly into their stomach.

Back Pain

Our interventional radiologists work with back specialists to provide pain management therapies to patients with severe and chronic back pain.

Minimally-Invasive Interventional Radiology Procedures

The interventional radiologists at USA Health have extensive experience treating patients and performing minimally-invasive procedures across multiple specialties.

Minimally-invasive procedures are as effective as surgery with less risk, less pain, and faster recovery. They are typically outpatient procedures.

    Uterine Fibroids

    By blocking the blood vessels supplying the fibroids using special tiny catheters, the fibroids gradually shrink and symptoms, such as heavy menstrual bleeding, stop.

    Scrotal Varicoceles

    Swollen veins in the scrotum can cause pain and reduce male fertility. Blocking these veins using microcatheters is an effective alternative to surgery and allows returning to work the following day.

    Venous Insufficiency

    Veins that don’t work properly can lead to symptoms in the legs like swelling, fatigue, heaviness, varicose veins and spider veins. Procedures, such as injections and ablations, can help close these abnormal veins and decrease symptoms.

    Peripheral Vascular Disease

    Poor circulation in the legs and feet, such as in smokers and diabetics, can lead to pain with walking and skin ulcers, sometimes requiring amputation. Angioplasty and stent placement are procedures performed by interventional radiologists to restore blood flow to the feet to relieve pain and promote tissue healing.

    Benign Prostate Hypertrophy

    Men with an enlarged prostate may suffer from bothersome urinary symptoms such as difficult and frequent urination. By using specially designed microcatheters, the blood vessels supplying the prostate are blocked. The prostate shrinks and symptoms improve. The procedure is as effective as surgical intervention with faster recovery and minimal risk of urinary incontinence or sexual dysfunction.

    Interventional Radiologists

    These are the physicians who make up our interventional radiology team at USA Health.

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