Patients at Wesley Medical Center receive high-quality care from a large team of doctors, nurses and medical staff. Testing is available at the main Wesley campus in a safe and comfortable environment. Our clinic provides flexible scheduling for imaging services and tests are typically available within a few days.
Interventional radiology (also referred to as vascular radiology) utilizes image guidance to perform minimally-invasive procedures for diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases. Interventional radiologists have advanced training in radiology and image-guided procedures. Our physicians deliver treatments for a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Stroke treatment
- Spinal compression fractures
- Portal hypertension
- Biliary obstruction
- Dialysis access and A-V fistula maintenance
- Uterine fibroid embolization
- Pelvic congestion
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Feeding tubes
- Urinary obstruction
- Epidural pain blocks
The expert care our physicians offer benefits patients by reducing potential complications and lowering recovery times.
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients often have questions about their upcoming imaging test or procedure. Our doctors and radiology technologists are always on hand to address any concerns you have prior to testing.
Who will perform my procedure?
Interventional radiology procedures are performed by a team of professionals. Typically, each procedure is performed by a board-certified radiologist with the assistance of a nurse and a radiologic technologist. Some procedures may have additional support staff present.
Can I eat/drink prior to my procedure?
Most procedures will require you to be NPO (have nothing by mouth) for at least 6-to-8 hours prior. A radiology nurse will be in contact with you prior to your procedure by phone to go over your pre-procedure instructions and obtain your medical history.
Should I take my medications prior to my procedure?
It is acceptable to take most medications with a small sip of water according to your normal medication routine. A radiology nurse will be in contact with you prior to your procedure by phone to go over your pre-procedure instructions and obtain your medical history. Please be prepared to discuss your current medications with our nurse.
What can I expect when I get to the hospital?
When you arrive at the hospital, you will check in at admissions and then be given directions to the radiology waiting room. Wheelchairs are available upon request. You will then be assisted to a pre-procedure area and most patients are asked to change into a gown. Any required labs will be drawn and an IV placed at this time. A medical history will be obtained by our nurses, physician’s assistant (PA), and/or the radiologist. You will get an opportunity to ask the staff and physicians any questions or concerns you have at this point. As soon as the team has prepared you for your procedure, you will be transferred to the procedure room. Following the procedure, you may be transferred to a recovery unit to be cared for by a nurse until it is appropriate to dismiss you.
Can my family be present for my procedure?
Your family members are welcome to be with you prior to and following your procedure through the work-up and recovery processes. They will not be allowed in the procedure room during the procedure. This is in the best interest your safety and your loved ones’ safety.
Procedures and Recovery
Interventional radiology procedures vary greatly in length of time. Expect to be at the hospital for most procedures for several hours. In addition to the actual procedure time, you will have a pre-procedure work-up and possibly a recovery period prior to your dismissal.
Most interventional radiology procedures will require a 2 to 4-hour bed rest recovery at the hospital following your procedure. Typically, after dismissal it is requested that you return to light activity with no heavy lifting for the next 24 to 48 hours. Again, recovery times will be dependent on the procedure and specific to your risk factors. This will be discussed with you prior to and following your procedure. You will be given written instructions prior to your discharge.
It is recommended that you bring a driver to your appointment. Many patients will receive sedation or pain medication and will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours following the procedure. You will be made as comfortable as possible. Depending on your procedure, you may be offered local anesthetics and conscience sedation.