Interventional Radiology Procedures
Information about procedures that are often performed by interventional radiologists.
Chemoembolization is a palliative treatment for tumors found in the liver. This can be a tumor that started in the liver (primary liver cancer or hepatoma) or a liver tumor that has metastasized (spread) from another area of the body. These tumors often cannot be destroyed by chemotherapy given into the veins, radiation or surgery.
Y-90 Radioembolization Treatment for Liver Tumors
Y-90 radioembolization is a procedure that combines embolization (cutting off blood supply) and internal radiation therapy.
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter
People with cancer can be at a higher risk of blood clots and an IVC filter may be placed. This article explains more about IVC filters and how they are placed.
Intraperitoneal Drain (IP Drain)
A buildup of fluid in your abdomen (belly) called ascites can cause discomfort. This fluid can be drained using an intraperitoneal drain (IP drain). This drain is often placed in interventional radiology (IR).
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure performed by interventional radiologists that uses heat to destroy tumor cells. It affects only the tumor and not the surrounding tissues and is used in tumors that cannot be destroyed by radiation, surgery or chemotherapy.
Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)
TIPS is a shunt used to decrease the pressure in the veins of the stomach and esophagus, which can become enlarged (called varices) and cause life threatening bleeding.