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Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology

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Interventional radiology is an area of medicine that is growing rapidly as an alternative to many conventional surgeries. Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging guidance. Broward Health Imperial Point’s Interventional Radiologist, Dr. Linda Hughes, uses her expertise in reading X-rays, ultrasound and other medical images to guide small instruments such as catheters (tubes that measure just a few millimeters in diameter) through the blood vessels or other pathways to treat disease percutaneously (through the skin). Click here to read more about Dr. Linda Hughes and the various procedures she performs.

What are the advantages of interventional radiology?

  • Interventional radiology procedures often replace open surgical procedures.
  • Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay.
  • The procedures performed are typically much less invasive than traditional surgery.
  • Risk, pain and recovery time are often significantly reduced.
  • The procedures are sometimes less expensive than surgery or other alternatives.
  • General anesthesia usually is not required.

Angiography / Interventional Radiology

An angiogram is performed to get a much closer look at arteries or veins than is possible from other means. A long thin tube, or catheter, is guided through the artery to the area to be studied by using a contrast dye and x-rays. Broward Health Imperial Point offers a comprehensive array of interventional procedures including arteriograms, stents, stent grafts, vertebroplasty, uterine fibroid embolization, central lines, drainages, biopsies and angioplasty.

Interventional Neuroradiology

Interventional Neuroradiology is an exciting, minimally invasive approach in the treatment of vascular diseases of the central nervous system. Conditions that, in the past, would have required surgery such as aneurysms, vascular malformations, and tumors of the brain, head and neck can be considered for treatment by using an endovascular approach. Interventional techniques such as thrombolysis are also useful in the management of patients with acute ischemic stroke.

To schedule an appointment, call the Interventional Radiology department at 954-776-8824.

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