An Alternative to Surgery
This subspecialty of radiology uses images to diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases.
Interventional radiology (IR) is minimally invasive. With the help of ultrasounds, X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and fluoroscopy, caregivers can treat medical conditions by navigating through veins and arteries.
They use thin plastic tubes, tiny mesh tubes and wires, called catheters and stents. The procedures only require tiny incisions, instead of large openings like in traditional surgeries. General anesthesia is usually not necessary, allowing some patients to go home the very same day. This minimizes the risk and improves outcomes.
Common conditions treated with interventional radiology are cancer, uterine fibroids and cardiovascular diseases, among many others.
At Enloe Medical Center, we offer several IR procedures that are performed in the hospital, including:
- Arterial and venous thrombolysis
- Hemodialysis access maintenance
- IVC filter placement
- Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
- Stent placement
The Enloe Interventional Radiology Clinic has four doctors for patients who need follow-up care after a procedure or those who need services by referral. These caregivers see patients by appointment.
Physicians can refer patients to Enloe Interventional Radiology by filling out this form and returning it to the clinic staff.
Compassionate, Skilled Care
Enloe caregivers have advanced training in both radiology and minimally invasive therapies. They are certified by the American Board of Radiology and work as a team with your primary care physician or referring specialist.
They also work along certified radiology technologists and registered nurses, who are committed to patient safety and comfort.