Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology that uses minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every system or organ of the body.
Guided by X-ray, ultrasound and other imaging technology, interventional radiologists use catheters to access the blood vessels and treat vascular blockages or embolize vascular abnormalities. Other procedures include biopsies, drainage tubes, feeding tubes and pain injections, as well as treatment of cancerous tumors. Because these procedures can be performed without invasive surgery, the recovery time is much faster and there is less risk for complications.
Services and Procedures
Interventional radiology procedures are often scheduled on an outpatient basis. Although some of these procedures involve sedation, many are done using a local anesthetic and the patient is discharged soon after the procedure. More complex procedures use multidisciplinary teams made up of radiologic technologists, nurses and occasionally anesthesiologists. Most procedures begin with an assessment and an IV start in the holding room before going into the interventional radiology lab.
Arriving for Your Procedure
If your physician has ordered a procedure, your appointment will be at the Interventional Radiology and Vascular Department at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Check in at the patient registration desk.
Kalispell Regional Medical Center
310 Sunnyview Lane
Kalispell, MT 59901
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Learn More About Your Procedure
Review the procedures below to learn how to prepare and what to expect for your specific procedure.