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Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology is a subspecialty offered by the Radiology Department at Akron General Medical Center. Interventional radiologists use X-ray images to guide their instruments in a variety of minimally invasive procedures, which often means reduced pain, less risk of complications and reduced recovery time. Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis and without general anesthesia. Interventional radiologic procedures are often more cost effective than traditional surgery.

During an interventional radiology procedure, instruments attached to the end of a catheter or thin flexible tube just a few millimeters wide. The catheters are guided by X-ray, ultrasound, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT (computed tomography).

Reasons your physician might refer you to an interventional radiologist:

  • Aneurysms
  • Arterio-venous malformations
  • Bleeding internally
  • Blood clots
  • Cancer treatment
  • Chronic pelvic pain, women
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Infection
  • Liver disease
  • Peripheral vascular/arterial disease (PVD/PAD)
  • Stroke
  • Urinary Tract Obstruction
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Male infertility
  • Varicose veins
  • Vascular disease
  • Venous disease

Interventional radiology procedures offered at Akron General:

Balloon angioplasty
Biliary drainage and stenting
Central venous access
CT-guided biopsy
Enteral feeding tubes
Fallopian tube catheterization
Gastrostomy tube
Hemodialysis access maintenance
Needle biopsy
Pain Management
Peripheral port
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
Stereotactic breast biopsy
Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)
Uterine artery embolization
Uterine fibroid embolization

Interventional radiology procedures are performed at Akron General's main campus in downtown Akron. Patients must have a referral from their physician for radiology procedures. For more information on Interventional Radiology at Akron General, or to schedule an appointment, call 330.344.6248.


 Date Updated: 19-APR-2016


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