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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- Preparing for Your Procedure
Prior to your procedure, your doctor may order several tests to be performed, such as X-rays, EKG, and lab work. You should inform your doctor of what medications you are currently taking and any allergies you have, especially to X-ray contrast. Depending on the type of test you are having, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything prior to your exam.
You may have to remain at the hospital after your procedure, sometimes up to six hours depending on the type of exam that was performed. Special instructions will be given to you to follow upon discharge. Once you are discharged, you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the procedure take?
Each procedure is different and the amount of time varies. Procedures can take as little as fifteen minutes up to ninety minutes or longer. You will be told approximately how long your procedure will take on the day you come in.
Is the procedure painful?
The interventional radiologist will make every effort to keep you comfortable during your procedure. A local anesthetic is used at the site to make it numb. You may feel some discomfort but most patients tolerate the procedures well.
What is a catheter?
There are many different types of catheters and all have a specific purpose. A catheter is a thin tube that allows medication to be administered, blood to be drawn, dialysis treatments and several other uses specific to your needs. Some catheters are inserted under the skin so that they are not visible from the outside. The interventional radiologist will discuss the type of catheter you are having placed and answer any questions you may have.
How long will I have the catheter?
Each catheter has a specific function and differ in the amount of time that they are left in place. Some stay in for a couple of days and some can remain in for a few months. The type of catheter you have inserted will be explained to you and we will give you a time frame in which your catheter will remain in place.
How long does it take for my doctor to receive the results?
The interventional radiologist that performs your procedure will be able to inform you of your results at the conclusion of the procedure. A formal report will be sent to your doctor within 24 to 48 hours.
To learn about Shore and Advanced Radiology Solutions, or to schedule your appointment, call 609-653-4600.