Interventional Radiology

Shore Medical Center's Interventional Radiology Suite is staffed with board-certified interventional radiologists and a team of highly trained certified nurses and radiologic technologists.

Full Spectrum of Services

Angioplasty

This procedure uses tiny balloons to stretch narrowed area in arteries or veins to improve the circulation in that particular area. Angioplasty can sometimes relieve symptoms without the need for surgery.

Arteriogram

This is a procedure in which X-ray contrast is injected into various arteries of the body to provide a map. This map will show your physician if you have any type of narrowing or blockages in your arteries that might be causing abnormal circulation. These maps can then be used to determine your treatment options.

Biliary Drainage Tube Placement

This procedure is performed when the bile ducts are blocked and the bile is not able to drain into the small bowel. A small catheter is placed into the biliary ducts through the skin to drain the bile. You will go home with a drainage catheter which may or may not be connected to a drainage bag. You will be given instructions on how to take care of the catheter site and the drainage bag.

Cystography

This procedure is performed for frequent urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence and to detect possible leaks in the bladder. During this procedure a catheter will be inserted into your urethra and X-ray contrast will be instilled to evaluate any abnormalities.

Dialysis Access Placement

Temporary Access Catheter and Tunneled Dialysis Catheter

These catheters are placed under ultrasound guidance and fluorscopic guidance to ensure proper placement.

Dialysis Grafts and Fistulas

We are able to treat clotted grafts and fistulas and use X-ray contrast to evaluate the grafts or fistulas to detect possible problems before they become clotted. We are also able to evaluate peritoneal dialysis catheters and detect any issues that will be reported to the patient's physician.

Embolization

This procedure is used to decrease the blood flow to various organs. This procedure is used for situations in where there is abnormal bleeding due to cancer or trauma.

Nephrostomy Tube Placement

A nephrostomy tube placement is a procedure where a small catheter is placed through the skin into one or both kidneys. This procedure is done when there is a blockage of urine and the kidney cannot drain urine into the bladder. You will go home with the catheter connected to a small bag used to collect the urine. You will be given instructions on how to take care of the catheter site and the drainage bag.

Stent Placement

Stenting is a procedure using a catheter to place a small wire mesh tube (stent) into an artery, vein, or biliary duct to "hold open" the vessel or duct that is narrowed.

Venography

Venography is a procedure in which the veins of the body are examined. This procedure is used to evaluate the condition of the veins and the valves within the veins. X-Ray contrast is injected into the vein or veins that need to be evaluated.

Vertebroplasty for Compression Fractures of the Spine

Acute compression fractures of the spine can be reduced by injecting a cement-like substance for stabilization. These fractures can occur from conditions such as osteoporosis. This procedure may also help decrease the pain caused by these fractures.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

This procedure is a new alternative for women with uterine fibroids, it is also known as uterine artery embolization. This procedure uses a minimally invasive procedure to embolize the arteries that are supplying blood to the fibroid tumors. This procedure is performed with conscious sedation and usually requires an overnight stay in the hospital.

Venous Access

These procedures use minimally invasive techniques to place short-term and long-term vascular access catheters. Venous access devices include: PICC lines (peripherally inserted central catheters), chest ports and arm ports. To learn about Shore and Advanced Radiology Solutions, or to schedule your appointment, call 609-653-4600.