The growing specialty of interventional radiology utilizes X-ray fluoroscopy, integrated ultrasound, and CT imaging to see inside the body to make a diagnosis or administer treatment. Interventional radiology procedures performed in the hospital's Radiology Department include angioplasty, uterine artery embolization and cryoplasty.
- Angioplasty - often used to open blocked arteries in the legs, arms, or kidneys. The procedure, which is also called percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, or PTA, inserts a thin, flexible tube or catheter through an artery. When the tube reaches the narrowed part of the artery, a small balloon at the end of the tube inflates and pushes against the artery wall, improving blood flow. Angioplasties may be used on short sections of narrowed arteries in people who have peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
- Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) - is a procedure performed on symptomatic fibroid tumors. During the UAE, the radiologist blocks blood flow to fibroids in the uterus, shrinking the size of the fibroids. For women who are not planning a future pregnancy, UAE is an effective non-surgical treatment option for fibroids.
- Cryoplasty - used to open clogged arteries resulting from peripheral vascular disease (PVD) or PAD. Cryoplasty is a unique non-surgical therapy designed to improve arterial blood circulation while also preventing circulation problems from recurring.
Interventional radiology offers an alternative to the surgical treatment of many conditions. With most of these procedures, patients require only light sedation and can go home in less than a day.
To find out more information on interventional radiology at White Plains Hospital, please contact our Radiology Department at 914-681-1260. To find a radiologist at White Plains Hospital, please call 914-681-1010 or search our online Physician Directory.