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Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology refers to minimally invasive, image-guided procedures. An interventional radiologist typically uses a thin catheter with a small camera to diagnose and even treat a variety of diseases.

Interventional radiology services in Denver

We consider your entire well-being by offering advanced, low-risk procedures.

HealthONE's interventional radiologists are able to perform minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to treat a range of diseases. These techniques allow us to avoid more invasive surgeries, prioritizing both your healing and the swiftest recovery possible.

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Free health-related advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free health-related advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Conditions we treat with interventional radiology

In our family of hospitals, our specialists use interventional radiology to diagnose and treat a number of conditions and diseases, including:

  • Artery and vein problems
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Blood clot removal
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Infertility in women
  • Joint problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Male reproductive conditions
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Stroke treatment
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Varicose veins and venous congestion

Our interventional procedures

As a less invasive option for many conditions that once required surgery, interventional radiology is safer and significantly decreases your discomfort and recovery times.

Types of interventional radiology procedures we offer

Interventional radiology is a highly specialized field of medicine that uses medical imaging, such as X-rays, to provide targeted therapy.

You may hear it referred to as "pinhole surgery," because they are some of the most minimally invasive procedures offered. Each one is performed through a tiny nick in the skin, as opposed to large, open incisions.

Using their expertise and specialized imaging equipment, some of our interventional services include:

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)

Interventional radiology now offers uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). This is an alternative to a hysterectomy or other surgery if you are dealing with uterine fibroids (growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus).

UFE blocks the blood flow to the tumor, which causes the fibroids to shrink and die but leaves the rest of the uterus healthy. This is one interventional radiology procedure that requires you to be kept overnight in the hospital for monitoring. However, UFE generally involves less hormone therapy — compared to what is needed after a hysterectomy — following treatment.

Spine interventions

Our teams specialize in vertebral augmentation, including kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty and sacroplasty. These neuroradiology procedures help you recover from injured or collapsed vertebrae. Using fluoroscopy, a cement-like mixture is inserted into the affected portion of the spine to keep it from compressing again. These techniques are particularly useful if you have weak or brittle bones.

Post-surgery, you experience rapid pain relief and improved quality of life, needing little to no physical therapy or rehabilitation.

Pulmonary artery thrombolysis/thrombectomy

A pulmonary artery thrombolysis/thrombectomy is a minimally invasive technique in which a catheter is inserted into the artery with the assistance of an ultrasound. Once in place, the interventional radiology team either dissolves the blood clot using medication or removes the blood clot, restoring blood flow. This technique is useful for treating certain types of strokes, allowing us to offer you advanced stroke treatment when you need it most.

Thrombolysis for DVT management

Catheter-directed thrombolysis is a state-of-the-art procedure for the treatment and prevention of thrombosis — the formation of blood clots inside a blood vessel. This is an image-guided procedure in which a clot-busting drug is injected directly into the blood clot. The procedure prevents damage to tissues and organs and improves blood flow.

Endovascular aneurysm repairs (EVAR)

EVAR is an alternative to open surgery that treats aortic disease with fewer risks and complications. The procedure is most commonly used to treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).

Interventional oncology

Interventional oncology involves minimally invasive cancer treatments. It is typically used to help if you have cancer that cannot be surgically removed or effectively treated with systematic chemotherapy. Treatment options include radiofrequency ablation (RFA) (killing the tumor with heat) and cryoablation (destroying cancer cells with cold).

Some of our interventional oncology procedures include:

  • Chemoembolization
  • Complex biopsies
  • Drug-eluting bead embolization
  • Tumor ablation
  • Tumor embolization

Y-90 radioembolization with chemotherapy

We are proud to offer you access to this innovative therapy. Y-90 delivers one dose of internal radiation up to 40 times higher than conventional external beam therapy while simultaneously sparing healthy tissue. It delivers radiation directly into liver tumors by using the tumor’s own blood supply. This maximizes the treatment’s effectiveness and reduces the risk of injury to healthy tissue.