Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology (IR) uses the guidance of high-resolution images—typically from CT scans, ultrasound and X-rays—to perform minimally invasive procedures that both diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions.

How you benefit

IR techniques involve tiny instruments on thin, flexible tubes precisely placed into blood vessels and internal organs through small incisions in the skin.

Because these procedures are less invasive than traditional surgery, you often benefit from less pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and a quicker return to the life you love.

Interventional radiology services at UCHealth

The collaborative teams of skilled IR experts at UCHealth lead the field in providing a wide range of interventional radiology services and treatments in areas that include:

Biliary IR. Treats conditions of the biliary system.

  • Biliary (bile duct) drainage and stenting
  • Gastronomy (feeding) tube placement

Interventional oncology. Treats cancer-related conditions.

  • Chemoembolization
  • Feeding tube access
  • Needle biopsy
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Renal cryoablation
  • Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT)
  • Vascular access device placement

Neurointerventional radiology. Treats brain and vascular conditions.

  • Arteriovenous malformation therapy.
  • Carotid and vertebral artery stenting for atheromatous disease and dissections.
  • Endovascular aneurysm.
  • Stroke therapy with both mechanical and medicinal approaches.

Reproductive IR. Treats fertility and gynecologic issues—including uterine fibroids, pelvic congestion syndrome and varicoceles—with IR techniques such as embolization.

Spine IR. Treats compression fractures in the spine.

  • Kyphoplasty
  • Vertebroplasty

Vascular IR. Treats a wide range of conditions related to the heart and blood vessels—such as aortic root conditions and abdominal or thoracic aneurysms—in collaboration with UCHealth cardiovascular teams.

  • Acute aortic syndrome repair; techniques for aortic dissection and its complications.
  • Angiography/angioplasty.
  • Balloon angioplasty.
  • Central venous access.
  • Combined hybrid procedures with vascular surgery.
  • Coronary artery angioplasty.
  • Dissection fenestrations.
  • Embolization.
  • Endoleak repair.
  • Hemodialysis access maintenance.
  • Mechanical and medicinal approaches for thromboembolic disease (acute/chronic venous or pulmonary artery blockage).
  • Percutaneous aneurysm repair.
  • Peripheral arterial intervention with hybrid surgical procedures.
  • Peripheral aneurysm repair for acute and chronic thoracic, abdominal and iliac aneurysm.
  • Recanalization (opening) of blocked vessels.
  • Thrombolysis.
  • Vascular stenting – Stent placement, stent graft placement.