Many conditions that once required surgery now can be treated with interventional radiology (IR) procedures. Using X-rays, MRI and other imaging technology to advance a catheter (narrow tube) in an artery or other area of the body, IR procedures can resolve medical issues non-surgically.
The minimally invasive treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery, plus many can be performed on an outpatient basis, eliminating or reducing hospital stays.
Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments and have diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties.
Sarasota Memorial's IR Services
Our menu of interventional radiology services for diagnostics and treatment includes:
- Arteriography and Angiography X-ray to diagnose vascular disorders and blockage of blood vessels.
- Balloon angioplasty to open blocked or narrowed blood vessels through insertion of a small balloon.
- Chemoembolism to target and kill liver cancer cells.
- Hemodialysis access maintenance to open blocked grafts.
- Needle biopsy diagnostics to test for lung, liver and other cancers.
- Percutaneous vertebroplasty to stabilize fractured vertebra (spine bone) and reduce back pain.
- Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) to shrink benign enlarged prostate.
- Radiofrequency ablation (RF ablation) to treat liver tumors.
- Stent placement to hold open clogged blood vessels or other pathways blocked by tumors or other obstructions.
- Stent-graft (endograft) reinforces a ruptured or ballooning section of an artery (aneurysm) with a flexible mesh tube to patch the blood vessel.
- Thrombolysis to dissolve blood clots.
- Uterine fibroid embolization to treat uterine fibroids.
- Venous access catheters for long-term antibiotics, chemotherapy, intravenous nutrition or hemodialysis.
- Varicocele embolization to treat enlarged blood vessels in the scrotum, reducing pain and increasing fertility.
Interventional Radiology Locations
Sarasota Memorial Interventional Radiology services are available at 3 convenient locations: the Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Sarasota Campus, Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice Campus and Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at University Parkway. Call 941-917-7322 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Working closely with neurologists and neurosurgeons, neurointerventional radiologists use microcatheters, stents, balloons and similar devices to diagnose and treat stroke, aneurysms, vascular malformations and tumors of the head, neck, brain and spine.
Watch the video below to see how neuro-interventional radiologists are using minimally invasive endovascular treatments for stroke.
For more information on our Radiology Services, call 941-917-1606.