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Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology uses imaging technology to guide minimally invasive procedures and enhance outcomes. Using computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests, fluoroscopies or ultrasounds, along with other small surgical instruments, interventional radiologists can make precise movements. This can help lower your risks and reduce your pain.

Interventional radiologists are surgeons who have extra training in a broad range of body systems, including heart and vascular lungs, brain , spine, urinary and reproductive.

PeaceHealth offers diagnostic imaging services in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. 

Specialized care to help you feel your best

PeaceHealth offers access to specialized care to treat a wide range of conditions, including heart and vascular disease, neurological conditions, chronic pain and cancer. Many of our programs are recognized and certified by professional organizations, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to deliver high-quality care to our patients.

Your heart is in good hands

Interventional cardiologists at PeaceHealth provide high quality treatment and care to give you the power to feel your best. We’ll work closely together to create a plan that helps minimize your risk and improve your outcome.

Expert care when you need it most

Quick treatment of a stroke and other neurologic conditions can help improve your recovery and limit possible side effects. PeaceHealth is proud to offer advances in interventional neurology which can treat vascular disease of the central nervous system.

Collaborative care that’s focused on you

Interventional radiologists at PeaceHealth are committed to helping you heal. We partner with doctors, nurses and therapists so you receive the care you need. 

Conditions We Treat

Cancer (interventional radiology)

Interventional radiology helps in diagnosing and managing many types of cancer, including breast, kidney, liver and lung.

Chronic pain (interventional radiology)

An interventional radiologist can offer procedures to treat ongoing pain in your body.

Gastrointestinal and digestive disorders (interventional radiology)

Minimally invasive interventional radiology can help treat and manage a range of GI and digestive tract disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease and hiatal hernia.

Gynecological disorders (interventional radiology)

Conditions that affect a woman’s reproductive system, such as infertility and uterine fibroids, can sometimes be treated with interventional radiology. 

Heart conditions (interventional radiology)

Minimally invasive interventional treatments can treat cardiovascular conditions such as heart attack and valve problems.

Spine conditions (interventional radiology)

You may be able to find relief for low back pain, osteoporosis and more, with minimally invasive procedures led by interventional radiologists. 

Stroke and neurovascular disorders (interventional radiology)

Interventional radiology offers advances in treatments for conditions such as stroke and brain aneurysm.

Thoracic conditions (interventional radiology)

An interventional radiologist may help treat conditions such as cysts and pleural effusion that affect the lungs, esophagus and more.

Trauma and bleeding (interventional radiology)

An interventional radiologist can treat many health problems caused by sudden injury or internal bleeding.

Urologic disorders (interventional radiology)

Interventional radiologists work with patients who have an enlarged prostate, male infertility, kidney conditions and more.

Vascular conditions (interventional radiology)

Many vascular conditions are treated with interventional radiology, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Vein disorders (interventional radiology)

Interventional radiology offers minimally invasive treatments to repair damage to veins and help relieve pain.

Treatments Provided

Angioplasty (interventional radiology)

To open narrowed arteries to the heart and brain, a small catheter (a thin, flexible tube) is inserted into the affected area. Your surgeon will place a balloon or a stent in the catheter to restore blood flow.


A small catheter with an attached blade is inserted into the artery to remove plaque or a clot. This procedure is done with a local anesthesia. 

Biopsy (interventional radiology)
Catheter ablation

Catheter ablation can help treat atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm). During the procedure, a doctor inserts a catheter through blood vessels and uses extreme cold or heat to stop abnormal electrical signals in the heart.


This treatment cuts the blood supply to tumors and can deliver high doses of medicine to a very targeted area. It is only used to treat primary hepatoma (liver cancer) or cancer that has metastasized from the liver.


Embolization procedures cut off blood supply to an abnormal growth or enlarged vein. It can be used to treat uterine fibroids, cancer or varicocele.

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters

IVC filters are small devices that stop blood clots from entering the lungs. The device is placed in the large vein in the middle of your body (the inferior vena cava) during a surgical procedure.

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty

These minimally invasive surgeries help relieve pain by stabilizing the broken bones with a cement-like substance. Kyphoplasty uses a small incision in the back. Vertebroplasty uses a needle injected into the broken vertebrae. 

Pain management procedures (interventional radiology)

Interventional radiology can often be used to help manage pain by targeting the source of your pain and treating it. Common pain management treatments include cooling procedures, electrical stimulation and nerve-blocking injections.


Small beads are filled with radioactive materials and placed inside the blood vessels that are feeding a cancerous tumor in the liver. 

Stent placement (interventional radiology)

A stent can help keep vessels, arteries and veins open. This keeps blood flow from being blocked by fat or plaque and avoids health emergencies such as heart attack or stroke. 


Thrombolytic therapy dissolves blood clots to improve blood flow and prevent organ and tissue damage.

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)

TIPS connect the portal vein to the hepatic vein in the liver using imaging technology. This procedure helps reduce internal bleeding caused by cirrhosis.