Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology (IR) is a subspecialty of radiology, and one of the most exciting and promising fields of the future. By combining the most advanced technology with the fundamentals of patient care, interventional radiologists are able to use image-guided (minimally invasive) procedures to diagnose and/or treat certain conditions.

During an IR procedure, the interventional radiologist uses x-ray, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT) or ultrasound images to guide small instruments (catheters) through the vascular system or other pathways percutaneously (through the skin). Interventional radiology procedures often replace open surgical procedures, which is a big benefit for our patients. Since there is no large incision, there is usually less risk, less pain and a shorter recovery time.

The Fauquier Health interventional radiology team includes four board-certified radiologists with advanced training in interventional procedures, nurses with critical care/emergency room backgrounds, and x-ray technologists with specialized training in interventional radiology.

Interventional radiology is an important component in many areas of patient care, and the rapidly advancing field continues to offer newer, safer and more comfortable choices for our patients.

Interventional Radiology and Cancer Care

  • Biopsies (breast, kidney, liver, lung, thyroid, bone marrow)
  • Mediport placement for administration of chemotherapy
  • Chemoembolization (delivery of cancer-fighting agents directly to the site of a cancer tumor)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (the use of radiofrequency (RF) energy to “cook” and kill cancerous tumors)
  • Cryoablation (the use of extremely cold gas to freeze and kill cancerous tumors)
  • Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) (Non-surgical procedure that is used to treat malignant lesions in the liver)
  • Yttrium -90 ( use of radioactive microspheres to treat liver tumors)


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