Biography & Education

Excellence in medical care requires a long-term partnership between the patient and the provider. Though it may be judged most easily by the outcome of a single procedure, the best medical care begins long before any procedure that might be performed and lasts indefinitely.
Additional Information

I spent the first 15 years of my career in academic practice, developing new procedures and training the next generation of physicians in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. For the six-year period immediately prior to joining Swedish, I was the Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Washington. I am fortunate enough to have had a role in the development of many medical procedures and techniques that are now routine, including Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), minimally-invasive therapy for varicose veins and venous insufficiency, and the use of stents and stent-grafts (endografts) for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease and aneurysms.


Dr. Torrance Andrews was recognized as a 2011 “Top Doctor” in Seattle Metropolitan magazine’s annual survey

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  • Interventional Radiology
  • Radiology
Education Background
Medical School University of California, San Diego
Residency UCLA - Harbor Medical Center
Fellowship Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • English
Professional Associations
Society of Interventional Radiology; Society of Vascular Medicine
Personal Interests
I enjoy wakeboarding, snow skiing, and biking with my wife and two young daughters.

Care Locations

R. Torrance (Torre) Andrews
Swedish Interventional Radiology
747 Broadway Avenue, 4th Floor East
Seattle 98122
Monday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Seattle Radiologists
1229 Madison Street
Suite 900
Seattle 98104
Fax (206) 292-7764
Accepted Payment Methods
Medicare, Bill Insurance, VISA, Master Card, Check, Payment Plan, American Express, Billing Service, Discover Card, Money Order
Available Weekends
Available Evenings
Accepting Medicaid





 Peer-reviewed articles:
1.       Haas RH, Thompson G, Morris B, Conright K, Andrews T [sic]: Pyruvate dehydrogenase activity in osmotically shocked rat brain mitochondria: stimulation by oxaloacetate. Journal of Neurochemistry 1988;50(3):673-80
2.       Korbin CD, Van Allan RJ, Andrews RT, Katz MD, Teitelbaum GP: Strut interlocking in titanium Greenfield vena cava filters and its effect on clot capturing: an in vitro model. Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology 1994;17:204-6
3.        Andrews RT, Koci T: Cerebellar herniation and infarction as a complication of an occult postoperative lumbar dural defect. American Journal of Neuroradiology 1995;16:1312-15
4.       Andrews RT, Bova DA: Visualization of a post-operative bile leak during cholescintigraphy: morphine augmentation prevents false-negative study. Clinical Nuclear Medicine1995;20:642-3
5.       Andrews RT, Osterman FA: Antegrade access to the superficial femoral artery using a dedicated vascular access ultrasound device. Applied Radiology 1998;27(8):33-36
6.       Andrews RT, Geschwind JFH, Savader SJ, Venbrux AC: Entrapment of guidewires by Venatech and Greenfield vena cava filters during central venous catheter placement: percutaneous management in four cases. Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology 1998;21(5):424-428
7.        Savader SJ, Lynch FC, Radvany MG, Kudryk BT, Andrews RT, Geschwind JFH, Singh HJ, Hamet MR: Single sample bile cytology: a prospective study in 80 patients with obstructive jaundice. JVIR 1998;9(5):817-821
8.        Andrews RT, Venbrux AC, Magee C, Bova DA: Periarticular placement of a flexible endovascular stent (the Wallstent) in femoral arteries and veins: an in vivo study in the swine model. JVIR 1999;10(9):1219-1228
9.       Andrews RT, Saxon RR, Bloch RD, Petersen BD, Uchida BT, Rabkin JM, Loriaux MM, Keller FS, R�sch J: Stent-grafts in de novo TIPS: technique and short-term results. JVIR 1999;10(10):1371-1378
10.     Andrews RT, Bova DA, Venbrux AC: How much guidewire is too much? Direct measurement of the distance between jugular and subclavian access sites and the caval-atrial junction during central venous catheter placement. Critical Care Medicine 2000;28(1):138-142
11.     Andrews RT, Bromley PJ, Pfister ME: Successful embolization of collaterals from the ovarian artery during uterine artery embolization for fibroids: a case report. JVIR 2000;11(5):607-610
12.    Andrews RT, Brown PH: Uterine artery embolization: factors influencing patient radiation exposure. Radiology 2000;217(3):713-722
13.     Spies J, Niedziecki G, Goodwin S, Patel N, Andrews RT, et al: Training standards for physicians performing uterine artery embolization for leiomyomtata: consensus statement developed by the task force on uterine artery embolization and the standards division of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, August 2000. JVIR 2001;12:19-21
14.     Lim JS, Andrews RT, Geschwind JFH: Balloon tamponade: a novel technique for visualizing and catheterizing the extrahepatic biliary ducts following partial transection. JVIR 2001;12:117-120
15.     Pfister M, Andrews RT, Pavcnik, D, Uchida BT, R�sch J: Effects of intra-arterial thrombin in the swine model. JVIR 200;12:235-245
16.     Binkert CA, Andrews RT, Kaufman JA: Utility of nonselective abdominal aortography in demonstrating ovarian artery collaterals among patients with uterine fibroids. JVIR 2001;12:841-845
17.     Binkert CA, Andrews RT, Pavcnik, D, et al: Lack of suitability of the rabbit model for particulate uterine artery embolization. JVIR 2002;13:609-612
18.     Andrews RT, Binkert CA: Digital subtraction fluoroscopy to enhance visualization during uterine fibroid embolization. Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology 2003;26(3):296-7
19.     Andrews RT, Binkert CA: Relative rates of blood flow reduction during transcatheter arterial embolization with tris-acryl gelatin microspheres or polyvinyl alcohol: quantitative comparison in a swine model. JVIR 2003;14(10):1311-6
20.     Rufener JB, Andrews RT, Pfister ME, et al: An evaluation of commonly employed central venous catheter kits and their relative risk for complications of excess guidewire. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 2003;15(4):250-6
21.     Pavcnik D, Andrews RT, Yin Q, et al: A canine model for studying endoleak after endovascular aneurysm repair. JVIR 2003;14(10):1303-10
22.     Andrews RT, Spies JB, Sacks D, et al: Patient care and uterine artery embolization for leiomyomata. JVIR 2004;15(2):115-20
23.     Andrews RT: Contrast peripheral phlebography and pulmonary angiography for diagnosis of thromboembolism. Circulation. 2004;109(12 Suppl 1):I22-7
24.     Binkert CA, Pavcnik D, Andrews RT, et al: Fallopian tube occlusion using a small-intestine-submucosa (SIS) device: Evaluation in a rabbit model. JVIR 2004;15(6):609-13
25.     Sidhu MK, Perkins JA, Shaw DW, Bittles MA, Andrews RT: Ultrasound-Guided Endovenous Diode Laser in the Treatment of Congenital Venous Malformations: Preliminary Experience. JVIR 2005; 16:879-884
26.     Vedantham S, Rundback JR, Comerota AJ, Hunter DW, Meissner M, Hofmann LV, Horne M, Gloviczk P, Andrews RT, et al: Development of a research agenda for endovascular treatment of venous thromboembolism: proceedings from a multidisciplinary consensus panel. JVIR 2005; 16(12):1567-73.
27.     Vedantham S, Rundback JH Khilnani NM, Gloviczki P, Andrews RT, et al: Development of a research agenda for endovenous treatment of lower extremity venous reflux: proceedings from a multidisciplinary consensus panel. JVIR 2005; 16(12):1575-9.
28.     Vo N, Wieseler KW, Burdick TR, Goswami GK, Vaidya SS, Andrews RT: The use of paired optionally retrievable Gunther-Tulip filters in trauma patients with anatomical variants. Seminars in Interventional Radiology 2007; 24: 90-98  
29.     Le VT, Andrews RT: Thermal osteonecrosis of the rib after radiofrequency ablation in the thorax. JVIR 2008; 19(6): 940-944.
30.     Kolokythas O, Gauthier T, Fernandez AT, Xie H, Timm BA, Cuevas C, Dighe MK, Mitsumori LM, Bruce MF, Goswami GK, Andrews RT, et al: Ultrasound-based elastography - a novel approach to assess radiofrequency ablation of liver masses performed with expandable ablation probes: a feasibility study. Ultrasound Med 2008;27: 935-946
31.     Doshi T, Mojtahedi A, Goswami GK, Andrews RT, Godke B, Valji K: Persistent cystic duct stump leak managed with hydrocoil embolization. CVIR 2009; 32(2): 394-6
32.     Andrews RT, Spies JB, Sacks D, et al: Patient care and uterine artery embolization for leiomyomata. JVIR 2009; 20(7) Suppl; S307-11
Non peer-reviewed articles:
1.        Andrews RT: Review of Baum S and Pentecost MJ (editors) Abrams Angiography: Interventional Radiology, 4th Edition. Journal of Vascular Surgery 1998; 27(2):397–398
2.        Andrews RT: Diagnostic arteriography of the pelvis and lower extremities. Seminars in Radiology, 2000;17(1):71-111
3.        Andrews RT: Review of Han MC and Park JH (editors) Interventional Radiology. American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) 2000; 175:1638
4.        Andrews RT: Catheter selection and catheterization techniques. Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology 2002;5(1):19-21
5.        Andrews RT: Radiation exposure: dosimetry and dose reduction. Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology 2002;5(1):26-29
6.        Vedantham S, Sterling KM, Goodwin SC, Spies JB, Shlansky-Goldberg R, Worthington-Kirsch RL, Andrews RT, et al: Uterine fibroid embolization: Preprocedure assessment. Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology 2002;5(1):2-17
7.        Siskin GP, Bonn J, Worthington-Kirsch RL, Smith SJ, Shlansky-Goldberg R, Machan LS, Andrews RT, et al: Uterine fibroid embolization: Pain management. Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology 2002;5(1):35-43
8.        Sterling M, Vogelzang RL, Chrisman HB, Worthington-Kirsch RL, Machan LS, Goodwin SC, Andrews RT, et al: Uterine fibroid embolization: Management of complications. Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology 2002;5(1):56-66
9.        Chrisman HB, Smith SJ, Sterling KM, Vogelzang RL, Bonn J, Andrews RT, et al: Uterine fibroid embolization: Developing a clinical service. Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology 2002;5(1):67-76
10.     Sasadeusz K, Andrews RT: Uterine fibroid embolization. Seminars in Roentgenology 2002;37(4):361-370
11.     Pfister ME, Andrews RT: Concerning bovine thrombin injection for the treatment of iatrogenic arterial pseudoaneurysms: Is it too good to be true? Journal of Vascular Surgery 2003;37(3):701-2
12.     Ji H, Goswami GK, Andrews RT, Yang XM: Nanotechnology in Modern Biomedical Imaging. Current Medical Imaging Reviews 2008
13.     Goswami GK, Andrews RT, Ji H, Yang XM: Nanotechnology in Image-Guided Interventional Therapies. Current Medical Imaging Reviews 2008
14.     Vo N, Andrews RT: Uterine artery embolization: a safe and effective minimally invasive uterine sparing treatment option for symptomatic fibroids. Seminars in Interventional Radiology 2008; 25: 252-260
15.     Burdick TR, Hoffer EK, Kooy T, Ghodke B, Starnes BW, Valji K, Goldberg S, Hallam D, Andrews RT: Which arteries are expendable? The practice and pitfalls of
embolization throughout the body. Seminars in Interventional Radiology 2008; 25: 191-203
Book Chapters:
1.        Andrews RT, Venbrux AC: Urodynamic measurement: the Whitaker test. In Sandhu J, Meglin AJ, Trerotola SO (editors): SIR syllabus of thoracic and visceral nonvascular interventions: genitourinary interventions. Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, 1997, 249-54
2.        Andrews RT: Teaching Case # 48: Percutaneous occlusion of the ureter for permanent urinary diversion. In Sandhu J, Meglin AJ, Trerotola SO (editors) SIR syllabus of thoracic and visceral nonvascular interventions: genitourinary interventions. Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, 1997, 553-56
3.        Andrews RT, Saxon RR, Rosch J, Keller FS: Stent-grafts in transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt procedures. In Dolmatch BL and Blum U (editors): Stent grafts: current clinical practice. Thieme, New York, 2000, 127-142
4.        Andrews RT: TIPS: Covered stents and long-term results. In Rossi P, Ricci P, Broglia L (editors): Portal hypertension: diagnostic imaging and image-guided therapy. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 2000, 305-313
5.        Andrews RT, Saxon RR, Keller FS: Improved TIPS patency with covered stents. In Savader SJ Trerotola SO (editors): Venous interventional radiology, 2nd Edition. Theime, New York, 2000, 84-97
6.        Lam EY, Andrews RA [sic], Moneta GL: Peripheral and visceral vascular imaging using CT. In Lanzer P, Topol EJ (Editors): Pan Vascular Medicine: Integrated Clinical Management. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany 2002, 458-465
7.        Lam EY, Andrews RA [sic], Moneta GL: Peripheral artery imaging using MRA. In: Lanzer P, Topol EJ (Editors) Pan Vascular Medicine: Integrated Clinical Management. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany 2002, 546-552
8.        Andrews RT: Percutaneous options for venous insufficiency due to valvular reflux. In Patel N (editor): SIR syllabus of venous interventions, 2nd Edition. Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, 2006
9.        Andrews RT and Kooy TK: Radiation Safety. In Siskin GP (Editor): Interventional Radiology in Women’s Health Care. In Press
Published Abstracts:
1.       Andrews RT, Geschwind JF, Savader SJ, Osterman FA Jr: Management of guidewires entrapped by vena vava filters during central venous catheter placement. 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, 1997
2.       Andrews RT, Venbrux AC, Osterman FA Jr: Can Wallstents be safely deployed across joints? Angiography, intravascular ultrasound, and histology of periarticular Wallstents in swine. 83rd Scientific Assem


  • Interventional Radiology
  • Radiology
Services Provided
Clinical Interests
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Aneurysms
  • Angioplasty
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Stent Grafts
  • Arterial Insufficiency
  • Arteriovenous Bypass
  • Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Back Pain
  • Biliary Surgery
  • Biopsy
  • Bleeding Internal
  • Bloodless Medicine
  • Bloodless Surgery
  • Brachytherapy Seed Implant
  • Cancer Institute
  • Carotid Stenting
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Cerebrovascular Diseases
  • Chronic Abdominal Pain
  • Clinical Trials
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Endourology
  • Endovascular Aneurysm Therapy
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Fibroids
  • Gallstone Dx
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • GI Stents
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatobiliary
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Infertility
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Irregular Periods
  • Kidney Biopsy
  • Kidney Stents
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Leg Artery Bypass
  • Leg Vein Sclerosis
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Salvage
  • Liver
  • Liver Disease
  • Liver Dx
  • Liver Transplant
  • Liver Tumor Ablation
  • Lower Extrem. Amputation Prvntn
  • Lower Extremity Bypass
  • Male Infertility
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Tumors
  • Oncology
  • Pancreatabiliary Systems
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Dx
  • Preemptive Renal Disease Treatment
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Rotational Athererectomy
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Spinal Pain
  • Spine Tumor/AVM Embolization
  • Stent Graft For Aneurysm
  • Stenting
  • Stone Disease
  • Stroke Thrombolysis
  • TheraSphere Physicians
  • Thoracic Aorta Replacement
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thrombosis - Recurrent
  • Transplantation Surgery
  • Uterine Artery Embolization (Fibroids)
  • Uterine Myomata
  • Varicocele Embolization
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Access
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Disease Medical Rx
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Wound Care