Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology (IR) is a subspecialty of radiology. By combining the most advanced technology with the fundamentals of patient care, interventional radiologists can see inside your body and treat complex conditions — even cardiovascular disease and cancer — less invasively and with unprecedented precision.

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. 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 radiologists can see inside your body and treat complex conditions — even cardiovascular disease and cancer—less invasively and with unprecedented precision.

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)

The Interventional Radiology Team

The Fauquier Health interventional radiology team includes board-certified radiologists with advanced training in interventional procedures, nurses with critical care/emergency medicine certifications, and radiological technologists with specialized training in interventional radiology.

For More Information

You can find extensive, highly reliable information about all types of interventional radiology examinations and procedures at

Contact the Medical Imaging Department at 540-316-4500. If you have a doctor's order, you can schedule an appointment by calling the Central Scheduling office at 540-316-5800.