Interventional Radiology is part of our Diagnostic Imaging Department offering minor invasive procedures that utilize fluoroscopic imaging, or “live” X-ray. These procedures assist our vascular surgeons in diagnosis and treatment.
Our Specialty Services
- Angiography of the arms and legs with intervention (additional tests may include: balloon angioplasty, stent placement, atherectomy, thrombolysis/thrombectomy)
- Temporal artery biopsy
- Dialysis access management, including fistulogram and dialysis catheter placement
- Central venous port placement
Meet the Team
The Polyclinic has a team of well qualified vascular surgeons who perform our interventional radiology procedures. Vascular Surgery is located directly across from Diagnostic Imaging at The Polyclinic Broadway, on the first floor.
What should I expect during my interventional radiology procedure?
When you arrive for your exam, we may need to perform blood work or an EKG prior to your procedure. Before your exam, you will change into a patient gown. Sedation is usually administered during the procedure unless otherwise indicated. Depending on your exam, we may place an intravenous (IV) line.
How do I prepare for my interventional radiology procedure?
Our clinical staff call you at home in the days before your scheduled procedure. We will ask you some questions to help prepare for your exam and ensure your safety:
- What medications are you taking? If not known, be sure to bring all of them with you to the clinic.
- Do you use a CPAP machine? If you do, please bring your machine and mask with you.
- Do you have any allergies, particularly to contrast media or latex? This includes contrast dyes used in various X-rays.
- Do you have a responsible adult to drive you to your appointment, drive you home from your appointment, and stay with you for 12-24 hours after the procedure?
Day before your exam
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure, except sips of water with medication. If you take the medication Metformin (Glucophage), do not take it unless otherwise directed.
Day of your exam
Please arrive to the Diagnostic Imaging department, first floor at the Broadway clinic.
- Please take all medicines as instructed from your physician(s).
- If you are having labs drawn prior to your procedure, please arrive 90 minutes before your appointment time.
- If you do not need labs drawn prior to your procedure, please arrive 60 minutes before your appointment time.
After your exam
After your procedure, you will be able to rest in a recovery area for approximately 2-4 hours (depending upon the type of procedure you have). We have skilled RN’s that will monitor you and observe you in a safe environment. Generally, there are no restrictions on your activity 24 hours after your exam.
We will give you detailed discharge instructions when you leave our department to go home. If you have questions, you can contact Vascular Surgery at 206-860-2204.
When will I get my results from my interventional radiology exam?
The performing vascular surgeon may discuss preliminary results with you after your exam. They may have you schedule a follow-up office appointment office to examine any incisions made and discuss results. This visit depends on the type of procedure performed and may vary.
We are proud that our department is an accredited facility regulated by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF)