Vascular and Interventional Radiology

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Interventional radiology is a sub-specialty of radiology utilizing minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. Interventional radiology treatments have become the primary method of care for a variety of conditions because they pose less of a risk, are less painful and require less recovery time when compared to surgery.

Dr. Niska Blevins and Dr. Bharat Kakarala are highly skilled and trained in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most comprehensive knowledge of the least invasive treatments available combined with diagnostic and clinical experience.

These include:

  • Abscess drains
  • Angiograms
  • Angioplasty/stent placement
    • Nephrostomy/Nephroureterostomy placement
  • AV fistulagrams/interventions
  • Biliary drainage
  • Biliary stent placement
  • Biopsies
  • Bleeding vascular embolizations
  • Chemoembolization (TACE) and Radioembolization (Y-90) therapies
  • Chest tubes
  • Cholecystostomy tube placement
  • Dialysis catheter placement
  • Interventional oncology treatments
  • Paracenteis/thoracentesis
  • Percutaneous microwave ablation/cryoablation
  • TIPS
  • Pre-operative embolization
  • Sclerotherapy 
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Varicocele embolization
  • Venous access – chest ports, central venous catheters
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