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Interventional Radiology

What is Interventional Radiology?

imaging techicianAn increasingly popular sub-specialty of radiology, interventional radiology (IR) provides minimally invasive, image-guided diagnosis and treatment of conditions in ever organ system. IR procedures are guided by modern medical imaging technology – CT, fluoroscopy, MRI and ultrasound – and use tiny, highly specialized tools, such as catheters, wires, stents and ablation probes.

Because IR procedures are generally associated with lower infection rates, less pain and shorter recovery times for patients, they provide a compelling alternative to comparable surgical procedures.

When is Interventional Radiology Recommended?

BCH’s board-certified, specialized interventional radiologists utilize the latest technology to diagnose and treat common conditions, such as:

  • Varicose Veins – Comprehensive evaluation and minimally invasive treatment
  • Abdominal (& Thoracic) Aortic Aneurysm – Endovascular stent grafting treatment
  • Uterine Fibroids – Embolization treatment (X-ray fluoroscopy) to shrink fibroid tumors
  • Organ Cancers – Innovative organ-directed treatments, including ablations (eliminating problem areas with heat energy or extreme cold), chemoembolization and radioembolization
  • Arterial and Venous Vascular Conditions – Minimally invasive treatments for peripheral vascular disease, deep venous thrombosis, and more

A referring physician often orders interventional radiology procedures. Ask your doctor if an IR treatment is an appropriate option for you.

Schedule an Interventional Radiology Appointment

BCH offers interventional radiology services at Foothills Hospital in Boulder. To schedule an IR appointment, call 303-415-7249.

Foothills Hospital

Paying for Services

BCH accepts most major insurance plans. Explore Self-Pay pricing options if you are uninsured or wish to pay directly for any service.

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A Complete List of BCH’s Interventional Radiology Procedures

  • Abscess drainage and catheter maintenance
  • Aortic aneurysm endograft placement
  • Claudication evaluation and treatment of peripheral vascular disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis - acute and chronic thrombolysis and recanalization
  • Dialysis: fistula and graft maintenance, catheter placement
  • Endocrine disorders - adrenal vein and cavernous sinus sampling
  • Gastrostomy
  • GI bleeding, endoscopically occult - diagnosis and treatment
  • Hypertension - renal vein sampling
  • Intravascular foreign body retrieval
  • IVC filter placement and retrieval
  • Kidney tumors - cryoablation
  • Liver cancer (primary and metastatic) - chemoembolization, Y90, ablation
  • Needle biopsy - image guided cytology and core (CT, ultrasound, x-ray, MRI)
  • Osteoporotic insufficiency fractures - kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, sacroplasty
  • Pelvic pain in women - pelvic congestion syndrome treatment
  • PICC line - placement and management
  • Portal hypertension - TIPS
  • Refractory pleural effusion or ascites - Denver drain placement
  • Spinal pain management - facet, epidural and nerve root injections
  • Trauma - visceral and pelvic embolization for hemorrhage
  • Urinary and biliary tract obstruction - diagnosis and management
  • Uterine fibroids - embolization therapy
  • Varicocele - embolization therapy
  • Varicocele vein - diagnosis and comprehensive treatment
  • Varicose vein - diagnosis and comprehensive treatment

Important Information

Boulder Community Health is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that call for patients and visitors to continue wearing masks at Foothills Hospital and all BCH patient-care facilities.

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