Interventional and Vascular Imaging
The Vascular and Interventional Radiology Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center uses the latest imaging technologies to conduct more than 3,000 innovative, minimally invasive surgeries each year. These procedures help patients avoid open surgery, reduce recovery time, and minimize hospital stays.
UT Southwestern’s interventional radiologists diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including peripheral vascular disease, aortic and peripheral aneurysms, deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, and uterine fibroids, as well as circulation dysfunctions in the liver, kidneys, and intestines.
Our specialists utilize state-of-the-art fluoroscopy (real-time X-ray imaging), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and catheter-based angiography, among other advanced technologies. These allow our physicians to visualize and treat internal organs with minimal disruption to the body and overall functionality.
Among the interventional radiology procedures we offer:
- Angiography: Uses a catheter to produce pictures and assess conditions inside blood vessels
- Angioplasty: Uses a tiny balloon to expand a blood vessel, opening narrowed or blocked arteries and enabling the placement of a stent to keep the vessel open
- Chemoembolization: Injects anticancer medications directly into a tumor
- Embolization: Delivers therapeutic agents to problem areas to treat aneurysms and other conditions
- Stenting: Uses a catheter to insert a mesh-like tube to hold open a clogged vessel
- Radiofrequency ablation: Uses heat from a high-frequency electrical impulse to destroy tumors
- SIR-Spheres: Inserts tiny radioactive spheres into liver tumors to help slow the growth of cancer cells
- Thrombolysis: Administers medication at the site of a blood clot to dissolve the clot
- Uterine fibroid embolization: Uses therapeutic agents to shrink enlarged, benign tumors of the uterus
- Varicose vein ablation: Uses heat from radiofrequency waves to burn or close enlarged veins in the legs