What is a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist ?

We are a small group of highly trained subspecialists (numbering around 3000 in the US) highly skilled in both diagnostic imaging and technical catheter related procedures. Interventional radiologists use X-rays and other imaging tools to "see" inside the body while they guide narrow tubes (catheters) and other very small instruments through blood vessels and other pathways of the body to the site of a problem, treating a variety of medical disorders, without surgery. Vascular and Interventional Radiology has been referred to as "The Surgery of the 21st Century." Please visit the third link listed below for more information regarding our subspecialty: Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (www.scvir.org).

At Boca Raton Regional Hospital, a highly respected hospital in Boca Raton, Florida, the Vascular and Interventional Radiologists perform a wide variety of these new minimally invasive yet highly effective procedures.

These "Special Procedures" include:

  • Diagnostic Arteriography and Venography
  • Vascular Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Dialysis Graft Interventions
  • Thrombolysis including treatment of Deep Venous Thrombosis
  • Venous Access Services
  • Vena Cava Stenting and IVC Filter Placement
  • Biliary Drainage and Intervention
  • Genito-Urinary Tract Intervention
  • Gastrostomy and Gastrojejunostomy Tube Placement
  • TIPS (Transjuglar Intrahepatic Porto-Systemic Shunt)
  • Biopsy and Abscess Drainage
  • Chemoembolization

These procedures are generally less traumatic and less costly to the patient, involve smaller incisions, less pain, and shorter hospital stays than alternative therapy.