Interventional Radiology in Arlington, TX

What Is Interventional Radiology?

Interventional radiology (IR) uses imaging, such as ultrasounds, CT scans, or MRIs, to treat diseases and conditions without major surgery. When you undergo an IR procedure, your physician examines images of your internal structures and makes small incisions to deliver treatment directly where it is needed. IR procedures are minimally invasive and carry fewer risks than many traditional surgeries. If you are in need of interventional radiology procedures in Dallas, Fort Worth, or Arlington, TX, contact our facility to learn more about these advanced technologies and receive a referral to an IR specialist.

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Who Is A Candidate for Interventional Radiology?

Interventional radiology treatments can be effective for treating many diseases and conditions. Some of the most commonly treated diseases and conditions are:

  • Cancer
  • Digestive diseases
  • Blood clots
  • Varicose veins
  • Visceral aneurysms

USMD Hospital at Arlington also has a hybrid OR that contains both the tools for traditional surgeries and the advanced imaging technologies used in interventional radiology, allowing surgeons to perform minimally invasive and image-guided procedures.

What Happens During Interventional Radiology?

During an interventional radiology procedure, the physician will examine images of the patient's internal structures, which are obtained with an MRI, CT scan, or ultrasound. Without making any major incisions, the physician will insert a needle or a catheter into the patient's body and then use the images to guide the small instrument to the designated treatment area. Patients undergoing an interventional radiology procedure will typically not be under general anesthesia, though they may be mildly sedated to ensure they remain comfortable during the procedure. As incisions made during interventional radiology are extremely small, they will generally not require sutures once the procedure has been completed. These advanced procedures allow for a significantly shorter recovery period and less chance of complication.

What Kinds of Equipment Are Used in Interventional Radiology?

The interventional radiology suite at USMD Hospital at Arlington uses the latest in advanced imaging technologies, such as ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomography scans, to perform minimally invasive procedures. Common instruments utilized in image-guided procedures include guidewires, catheters, and sheath systems. The type of equipment used during your procedure will depend on your condition and needs.

Is Interventional Radiology Safe?

All medical procedures carry some measure of risk, but the physicians performing interventional radiology at our Arlington, TX hospital are extensively trained to ensure the risks to you are minimized. As interventional radiology procedures are minimally invasive, they carry less measure of risk than traditional open procedures. To learn more about the safety of image-guided procedures, please speak to your physician.

What Types of Conditions Are Treated With Interventional Radiology?

Interventional radiology is frequently used to address conditions such as gynecological issues, spinal issues, vascular issues, kidney disorders, fertility problems, and much more. Image-guided procedures are ideal for performing treatments for certain cancers, spinal fractures, and varicose veins.

Is Interventional Radiology Covered by Insurance?
Interventional radiology procedures for DFW patients may be covered partially by some insurance plans and providers. Prior to your procedure, we recommend contacting your carrier to discuss your benefits with them. Our team can assist you in understanding your billing so that you can better afford the care you require.

Advanced Technologies for Superior Treatments

USMD Hospital at Arlington is proud to offer the most effective and minimally invasive treatments available. Our mission is to remain at the forefront of new and beneficial technologies that help you recover and get back to enjoying what you love. For assistance in contacting an interventional radiologist on our medical staff, please contact our hospital or use our physician finder tool.

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USMD Hospital at Arlington is a joint venture with Texas Health Resources and meets the definition under federal law of a physician-owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital. A list of physician owners is available upon request.