Interventional radiology (IR) is a medical subspecialty where patients may be treated for numerous diseases using minimally invasive image guided techniques. IR procedures are at the forefront of medical technology development and offer a safe and proven alternative to open surgery with less recovery time. Using needles or small incisions (0.5-1cm) to insert catheters (small plastic tubes that go inside blood vessels) and other devices under imaging guidance (xray, ultrasound, CT, MRI), interventional radiologists at CORA can provide targeted therapy in most regions of the body. These procedures may be used alone or in conjunction with open surgery to treat a multitude of various disease.
Interventional radiologists at Central Oregon Radiology Associates are trained in the latest techniques and offer the same procedures and quality of care available at larger institutions (like OHSU). Our interventional radiologists use these techniques to treat peripheral vascular disease (claudication), to open up other blockages (veins, bile ducts, ureters, etc.) to destroy tumors by delivering local chemotherapy, embolization, or ablation (liver, lungs, kidney, uterus), to stop bleeding, to treat aneurysms/AVM's, and to drain fluid collections from various regions in the body.
Because interventional radiology treatments are minimally invasive, a typical patient will have short recovery time with little or no hospital stay. Also, general anesthesia is usually not required. IR procedures offer a safe, effective, and patient friendly alternative to traditional open surgery.