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Interventional Radiology

Vascular and Interventional Radiology is one of the most rapidly growing fields in medicine today. Continuing development of new minimally-invasive percutaneous techniques allow the interventional radiologists to improve patient care. The Society of Interventional Radiology offersadditional information regarding these advancements.

Vascular and Interventional Radiologists at Rush-Copley perform approximately 1,000 procedures a year, including a full spectrum of procedures and interventions. One full-time board certified interventional radiologists, three special procedure technologists, and two dedicated radiology nurses staff this modality. The procedures are performed in a state of the art Siemens Angiography Suite in the Radiology Department. The interventional radiologists work closely with cardiovascular/thoracic surgeons, oncologists, gastrointestinal specialists, general surgeons, nephrologists and various other specialty physicians to provide diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including several advanced interventions that are typically performed in regional or university hospitals in the Greater Chicago area.

The following are examples of the variety and sophistication of the "interventional radiology" offered at RCMC.

Vascular Procedures and Interventions:  Consists of diagnostic angiography, angioplasty, stents, arterial and deep venous thrombolysis and neurological procedures. Also performed at RCMC in conjunction with the vascular surgeons are aortic stent grafting and endovascular therapy for aneurysm disease.

Venous Access and Interventions:  Accessing veins for the purpose of:

  • Delivering chemotherapy
  • Placing tunneled central catheters, hemodialysis catheters, temporary central catheters, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertions, thoracentesis catheter
  • Dialysis graft thrombolysis
  • Venoplasty and stenting
  • Diagnostic venograms

Embolotherapy and embolization:  The intentional blockage of an artery with an object (as a balloon inserted by a catheter) to control or prevent hemorrhaging. The following are examples of such procedures:

  • Uterine Fibroid embolization
  • Gastrointestinal embolization for hemorrhage
  • Embolization for trauma related hemorrhage
  • Pre-operative tumor embolization
  • Bronchial artery embolization
  • Venous embolization

Gastrointestinal:  Includes a variety of procedures including the following as examples:

  • Gastrostomy and gastro-jejunostomy tube placements
  • Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram (PTC)
  • Cholangioplasty and stenting
  • Biopsies such as those guided by CT and ultrasound
  • Biliary stone removal
  • Cholecystostomy catheter placement
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) placement

Regional Cancer Therapy:  Including chemoembolization of hepatic tumors and radiofrequency (RF) ablation

Genitourinary:  Including the following examples:

  • Nephrostomy and nephroureterostomy catheter placements
  • Ureteroplasty and ureteral stent placement
  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)