Specialties

  • Interventional Radiology Services

  • Interventional Radiology Services at Avista Adventist Hospital

    The Interventional Radiology facility at Avista Adventist Hospital is staffed and equipped to provide a wide range of interventional procedures. Learn more about these procedures and how they are utilized to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions below.

    • Image Guided Biopsies - If you have been told you have a mass that it is too difficult to biopsy, consult with us. Using CT fluoroscopy, our interventional radiologists can often advance a needle into the smallest of masses and obtain a diagnosis.
    • Port Catheters - Using ultrasound and X-ray guidance, we can place a port through a small incision on your chest and provide the central venous access that your oncologist needs to administer medications.
    • Cryoablation - Using a needle that freezes the surrounding tissues, we can kill renal, liver, lung and bone tumors.
    • Microwave and Radiofrequency Ablation - Similar benefits as cryoablation, but uses heat to kill the tumor.
    • Arterial Embolization – Micron-sized particles with or without chemotherapy can be injected into the arteries supplying the tumor. This is most often performed for liver masses such as hepatocellular carcinoma and metastatic disease to the liver.
    • Angioplasty and Stent Placement - We can evaluate the arteries throughout the body to make a diagnosis of arterial disease. We can also treat areas of narrowing with balloons and stents using minimally invasive techniques. Examples include:
      • Peripheral Vascular Disease
      • Renal Artery Stenosis
      • Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia  

    • Embolization – When an artery needs to be closed, our interventional radiologist can inject special materials that form a blockage (embolize) and cut off the blood supply to a specific area of the body. Examples include:
      • Splenic Artery Aneurysms
      • Internal Iliac Artery Aneurysms
      • Pulmonary Arterial Venous Malformations (AVM)
      • Renal Angiomyolipomas

    • Lysis Therapy - Deep Vein Thrombosis happens when a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the legs. If these blood clots break loose, they could travel through the bloodstream to the lungs and put you at risk for a pulmonary embolism and put you at risk for post-thrombotic syndrome which causes chronic leg pain, swelling, cramping and ulcers. If you are a candidate, we can deliver clot-dissolving drugs directly to the clot through a catheter for rapid resolution of your symptoms.
    • IVC Filter - In select patients, we can also offer inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement, manipulation and removal. This small metal filter prevents the clot from traveling to the lungs and allows blood to flow around it.

    • Uterine Fibroids – We will work closely with your gynecologist to develop the best treatment plan for your fibroids. Uterine fibroid embolization is a non-surgical treatment option that blocks the blood flow to the fibroids.
    • Pelvic Pain – For women who experience debilitating pain related to pelvic congestion syndrome (which involves refluxing, dilated veins in the pelvis), we can offer embolization and sclerosis of these veins using minimally invasive techniques.

    • Enteral Access - If you need nutrition through a gastrostomy tube that goes directly into your stomach, we can offer placement of the tube using image guidance under moderate conscious sedation.
    • Gonadal vein embolization - An enlargement of the veins that develop over time for men and can lead to low-sperm quality, infertility and pain. We can create a blockage (embolization) in the gonadal vein to interrupt the blood flow and repair the testicular varicocele.
    • Kyphoplasty & Vertebroplasty - If you have had a vertebral body compression fracture that is not responding to medical therapy, kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty may be an option. Cement is carefully injected through a needle into your vertebral body using X-ray guidance to stabilize the fracture.
    • We are highly skilled at placing tunneled (long-term) and non-tunneled (short-term) catheters for patients undergoing dialysis.
    • We are also experts in maintaining fistula patency. If you have an arteriovenous fistula for dialysis and are having difficulties using it during dialysis or it has clotted off, we are able to restore adequate flow within the fistula.

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    If you have questions or need referral assistance, please call 303-673-1233. 

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