Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology is available at our Cherry Hill, Edmonds, First Hill and Issaquah facilities. The departments feature several procedure rooms, and specially trained physicians utilize many non-surgical, minimally invasive treatments as alternatives to open surgical procedures. Interventional radiology procedures are generally easier for the patient because they involve small incisions, minimal pain and shorter recovery times.

Our interventional radiologists are board certified physicians with additional advanced training in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging to guide them. They use their expertise in X-rays, CT, ultrasound and other medical imaging technologies to guide small instruments such as catheter tubes through the blood vessels or other pathways. Diseases are treated through the skin versus through open surgery.

Swedish Medical Center provides the highest standard in image guided minimal invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed in our state of the art vascular interventional suites.

Swedish offers the following interventional radiology procedures at our facilities:

  • Interventional oncology (Y-90 radiotherapy, hepatic artery embolization/TACE, radiofrequency and cryoablation ablation)
  • Peripheral arterial interventions
  • Arterial and venous thrombolysis
  • TIPS
  • Biliary interventions (cholecyctostomy tubes, biliary tract dainage, biliary dilation and stenting)
  • Genitourinary interventions (nephrostomy tubes, nephro-ureteral catheters)
  • Hemodialysis access interventions
  • Transplant interventions (First Hill location)
  • Venous access (port a caths, tunneled venous access devices)
  • IVC filters
  • Abscess drains/pleural drains
  • Cyst sclerosis
  • Uterine artery embolization
  • Biopsies/FNA (organ, soft tissue, bone)
  • Myleography
  • Arthrography
  • Pain therapy
  • Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty (Cherry Hill location)
  • Fistulograms
  • Artherectomies
  • Cyberknife fiducial placements (Cherry Hill location)
  • Neuro angiography and interventions: including aneurysm coilings, AVM embolizations, carotid stenting, WADA testing for seizures/epilepsy, petrosal sinus sampling for Cushing's Disease, Gammaknife mapping (Cherry Hill location)

Possible complications

Most interventional radiology procedures are performed using an IV sedative to help you relax. After the procedure, you may have some discomfort in the area of the body where the procedure was performed.

What to expect prior to your exam

Most procedures will require a lab and discontinuance of blood thinning medications prior to your procedure. Your doctor will explain this to you and an interventional nurse will contact you the day prior to your procedure regarding pre-procedure instructions.

Please do not eat or drink anything past midnight the night before your procedure, unless you are otherwise instructed in the pre-op phone call. This includes gum, mints and water.

What to expect the day of your exam

  • Please bathe or shower the morning of your procedure.
  • You are required to have an escort drive you home after your procedure. Escorts of minors must remain on site while the patient is in our care.
  • Things to bring with you: photo ID, insurance/pharmacy cards, medication list with dosages, allergy list with reactions
  • Leave all your valuables and jewelry at home.
  • A receptionist will register you and ask you to sign a hospital consent form.
  • You will be escorted to the interventional radiology pre-op area and staff will review your medical history and current medication list. A family member (limited to one) is invited to join you during the pre-op assessment.
  • You will change into a hospital gown.
  • The radiologist will talk with you regarding the procedure and have you sign the procedure consent form.

How long will it take?

Procedure times vary, ranging from 2 - 8 hours, with some procedures requiring an overnight stay.

Exam Results

A board certified radiologist will interpret your images and create a report for your doctor. Swedish utilizes PACS and EPIC. All images are digitally archived in your electronic medical record. Same day test results are available due to innovative voice recognition technology. Reports are sent by internet, fax or electronic record to your doctor. Please call your doctor for results.

Swedish Interventional Radiology locations and outpatient appointment times