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What is Interventional Radiology?
It is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed. Interventional Radiology uses image guidance for diagnosis or treatment. These procedures are more involved than procedures performed in other areas of radiology.
Diagnostic & Treatment Purposes
Some procedures are done for diagnostic purposes (e.g., angiogram), while others are done for treatment purposes (e.g., angioplasty/stent — opening a narrowing or closed vessel).
Pictures (images) are used to direct the treatment procedures, which are usually done percutaneously with needles or other tiny instruments such as catheters. The images enable the Interventional Radiologist to guide these instruments through the body to the relevant areas.
Lexington Medical Center offers the newest technology in our state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology suite, including flat panel 3-D X-ray and the Phillips Allura FD 20/10 Biplane Room. This allows our highly trained staff to get the clearest images possible.
Vascular X-ray System
The Biplane X-ray system enhances our treatment of patients suffering from strokes and other vascular disorders. The fully digital system allows the physician to view anatomy in two planes simultaneously and exposes the patient to less radiation.
Interventional Radiology patients recover in our department’s Radiology Observation Care Unit (ROCU), well-equipped to provide the optimum in quality nursing care.
What should I expect?
Prior to the day of your procedure you will have a pre-procedure interview with a nurse from our department. During that interview, proper preparations will be discussed and you will be provided with a detailed description of your specific procedure.
A Nurse will Answer Questions
The nurse will answer any questions you may have and will give you a rundown as to what to expect on your procedure day. You may also visit our lab for blood work. Once your procedure is completed, you will be taken to our recovery area before being discharged.