Interventional SuiteThe Interventional Suite is located in the Radiology Department, level 3, beside CT Scanning.
Lucy Siegle and the Interventional Suite Team at the opening day with consultants Mr Davies, Mr Creagh, Mr Dawson and Mr Schofield alongside Steve Lomas and Charlotte Dorling
Interventional radiology offers a minimally invasive alternative to the surgical treatment of many conditions. The procedures are generally easier for the patient because they involve less risk, less pain, no large incisions and shorter recovery times.
Referrals for the Interventional Suite must come from one of our hospital consultants.
You will need to refrain from eating or drinking for 4 hours before the procedure.
You will be asked to lie on a narrow table with a thick comfortable mattress. A ceiling mounted x-ray camera will be placed over your body and will move around you, but it won’t touch you.
Most procedures take on average 1 hour and involve a short stay in hospital after the procedure (4-6 hours).
Our team in the Interventional Suite consists of:
- A Radiologist ... the Doctor who will be performing the procedure.
- A Radiographer ... who will operate the imaging equipment.
- Nurses ... who will monitor you during the procedure.
Commonly Performed Procedures include:
- Angiography: Imaging the blood vessels to look for abnormalities with the use of contrast media
- Angioplasty/Stent: Opening of narrow or blocked blood vessels using a balloon; may include placement of metallic stents
- IVC Filter: Metallic filters placed in the venous system to prevent migration of deep venous thrombus (DVT)
- Nephrostomy Tube Insertion: Placing a catheter directly into the kidney to drain urine in situations where normal flow of urine is obstructed.
- Thrombolysis: Treatment aimed at dissolving blood clots
- Verterbroplasty/Kyphoplasty: Injection of bone cement inside fractured vertebrae
- Line Insertion: Vascular access and management of specialized kinds of intravenous devices ie PICC and Hickman lines, Porta-cath
- Biopsy: Taking of a tissue sample from an area of interest for pathological examination
- Embolisation: Blocking abnormal blood vessels (e.g., for the purpose of stopping bleeding) including uterine artery embolisation for percutaneous treatment of uterine fibroids, and Varicocele Embolisation
- Hysterosalpingogram: To investigate the patency of the Fallopian tubes
- Biliary Intervention: Placement of catheters or stents in the biliary system