Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Vascular and Interventional Radiology is a specialty in which minimally invasive procedures are performed to diagnose and treat many different diseases occurring throughout the body. Interventional procedures use state-of-the-art image-guided techniques to deliver treatments through a small puncture in the skin. In many cases, these procedures offer an alternative to open surgery or conventional therapies.

Liver Cancer Program

CRL’s Vascular and Interventional Radiologists are part of a multi-disciplinary team at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital providing comprehensive and integrated care for patients with liver disease. The specialized liver cancer team and researchers offer patients the latest available options for the diagnosis and treatment of this complex disease.

The VIR section offer a range of treatment options for cancer patients including radioembolization, chemoembolization, radiofrequency and microwave ablation as well as pre-surgical embolization, and are the only practitioners offering radioembolization in the Twin Cities. Utilization of these cutting edge techniques demonstrate the Interventional Radiology program’s unique position in providing proven tools to aid in the fight against cancer.

This section also specializes in other procedures including, but not limited to: uterine fibroids embolization, GI Embolization, Peripheral Artery Disease Management, and more.

 

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Abscess drain

For more information go to RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Percutaneous Abscess Drainage: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=percabscessdrn

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Angiography

For more information go to:   Society of Interventional Radiology Information for Patients: Angiography: http://www.sirweb.org/patients/angiography/   RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients:...

Aortic Stent Graft (Thoracic and Abdominal)

Aortic aneurysm is a weak area in the aorta, the main blood vessel in the body that carries blood from...

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Biliary Drain

For more information go to:   RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Biliary Interventions: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=biliary

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Biliary Drain Stenting

For more information go to:   RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Biliary Interventions: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=biliary

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Biliary Stone Removal

For more information go to:   RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Kidney and Bladder Stones: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=stones-renal Ureteral Stenting and Nephrostomy: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=ureteralNephro

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Biopsy

Needle biopsies are performed to gather a sample of suspicious tissue for testing by a pathologist. This is often performed...

Chemoembolization

Chemoembolization, also known as transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE), is a treatment for tumors in which large doses of chemotherapy are...

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Chest Tube

For more information go to:   RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Chest Tube Placement (Thoracostomy): http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=thoracostomy#part_seven

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Dialysis Access Management

Hemodialysis may fail in some patients if there is poor or blocked blood. Interventional radiologists work closely with nephrologists and...

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Drain Catheters for Palliation

Painful fluid buildup can occur when tumors obstruct the normal flow of the urine or bile. This fluid build-up can...

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Facet Joint Injection

Facet joints are small joints at each segment of the spine that can become painful due to arthritis, back injury,...

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Gastrointestinal Embolization

For more information go to:   RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Catheter Embolization: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=Varicocele

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Gastrostomy (Feeding) Tube

Gastrostomy tubes, also known as feeding tubes, are placed into the stomach to allow patients to take in sufficient amounts...

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GI Embolization

For more information go to:   RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Catheter Embolization: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=Varicocele

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Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement and Retrieval

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a device used to prevent pulmonary embolism (PE), a blockage in the arteries...

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May-Thurner Syndrome management

May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS) is also known as Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome. MTS is caused when the left iliac vein (main...

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Microwave Ablation

Microwave ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for tumors which is very similar to radiofrequency ablation. Radiofrequency ablation uses alternating...

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Paracentesis

A certified ultrasound technologist and a Radiologist perform the paracentesis procedure. After the procedures risks and benefits are explained, the...

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Percutaneous Kidney Stone Removal & Nephrostomy

For more information go to:   RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Kidney and Bladder Stones: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=stones-renal Ureteral Stenting and Nephrostomy: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=ureteralNephro

Peripheral Artery Disease Management

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulation problem in which arteries in the legs are blocked or narrowed. Interventional...

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Pre-Surgical Tumor Embolization

Tumor embolization is a minimally invasive procedure in which blood vessels are blocked with an embolic material to stop blood...

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Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a localized, nonsurgical treatment for tumor cells. In this procedure, a needle is guided with imaging...

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Selective Internal Radiation Therapy

Radioembolization, or selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), is a minimally invasive treatment for tumors in which radioactive microspheres are infused...

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T-Tube Cholangiogram

For more information go to RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Biliary Interventions: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=biliary

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Thoracentesis

For more information go to RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Chest Interventions: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=chestinterventions

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Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)

For more information go to RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients: Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=tips

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Uterine fibroids are benign (not cancer) growths that develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus. The size, shape, and...

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Varicocele Embolization

For more information go to:   Society of Interventional Radiology Information for Patients: Varicocele Embolization: http://www.sirweb.org/patients/varicoceles/   RadiologyInfo.org Information for...

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Venography

A venography (venogram) is an x-ray test that involves injecting contrast dye into a vein to show how blood flows...

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Venous Access (Hickman, PICC, Port)

Central venous access catheters such as Hickman, PICC, and Port catheters are tubes inserted in a patient’s skin which allow...

Venous and arterial thrombolysis

Thrombolysis is a minimally invasive treatment used to dissolve clots (blockages) from arteries and veins. A catheter (small tube) is...

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Vertebral Compression Fractures

Vertebral Augmentation (Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty) Vertebral augmentation is a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of painful compression fractures of...