Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties.
They use X-rays, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine.
For many years, surgery was the only treatment available for many conditions. Today, many conditions can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery and are first-line care for a wide variety of conditions.
Interventional radiologists' unique blend of skills fosters innovation and enables them to quickly adapt their imaging expertise to pioneer nonsurgical treatments that are guided by imaging. They adapt a technique proven to work for one problem and apply it to another.
Patient Safety is Our Top Priority
When it comes to the best practices for safely performing minimally invasive treatments, interventional radiologists pioneered the procedures and the standards for safety and quality.
Patient safety is incorporated into the development of these advances because interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology training programs include radiation safety, radiation physics, the biological effects of radiation and injury prevention.
Interventional Radiology is extremely versatile.
Among other things, it can be used to:
- Freeze and destroy cancer cells
- Deliver radiation-coated beads or chemotherapy to tumors
- Remove blood clots
- Cauterize and close abnormal veins
- Fix spinal fractures
- Insert and fix dialysis catheters
- Drain pockets of infection inside the body
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement and Removal
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Biliary Interventions
- Catheter Embolization
- Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia and Vascular Stenting
- Gastric Tube Placement
- Liver Disease
- Transjugular Liver Biopsy
- Percutaneous Nephrostomy Tube
- Suprapubic Catheters
- Hypertension and end-stage renal disease
- AV Fistulas, AV Fistulogram, Angioplasty, Stent and Declot
- Hemodialysis Catheter Insertion
- Kidney Failure
- Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters
- Renal Vascular Hypertension
- Men's health
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
- Image-Guided Needle Biopsy
- Intrathecal Chemotherapy
- Liver Directed Therapies
- Mediport-Portacath Placement
- Percutaneous Ablation
- Preoperative Embolization of Hypervascular Tumors
- Pain Management
- Epidural Injection
- Steroid Joint Injection and Bakers Cyst Aspiration
- Vertebral Compression and Sacral Fractures
- AVM (arteriovenous malformation) Embolization
- Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT)
- Pediatric Biliary-Enteric Strictures
- Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD)
- Varicose Veins
- Women's Health
- Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
- Uterine fibroids
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
Pain Management Clinic
The Interventional Radiology department has established a Pain Management Clinic to address patient’s pain needs from one central point. Patients may call into the Pain Management Clinic to have an initial consult or to seek fulfillment of their primary care physician’s orders.
The Pain Management Clinic is able to assist the patient with assessment, diagnostic testing, arrangement of physical therapy treatments, arrangement of interventional pain treatments and referrals to additional specialists in pursuit of a pain free life.
To schedule an appointment, talk with your healthcare provider for a referral or contact the OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center Interventional Radiology Clinic directly at (708) 229-4787 (office) or (708) 229-6254 (fax).
We’re available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to help you make an appointment. At other times, you can leave us a message and we’ll call you back within one to two business days.