At Medex Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Forest Hills, serving the residents of Queens and the greater New York City area for over 15 years, the interventional radiology department offers the most advanced minimally invasive treatment techniques, including laser-assisted techniques. To learn more or schedule a consultation, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Interventional radiology is a specialty area of medicine that uses radiology techniques like fluoroscopy, CT scanning, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) to perform guided procedures inside the blood vessels.
Interventional radiology techniques are generally considered to be minimally invasive, using very small incisions and requiring no anesthesia. In many cases, they can reduce or avoid the need for more invasive types of surgery. Some types of interventional radiology procedures are performed using special lasers.
At Medex Diagnostic & Treatment Center, the interventional radiology team offers:
Interventional radiology can be used to diagnose and manage an array of medical conditions or diseases, including vascular diseases.
An angioplasty is a type of vascular treatment that is used to gently widen arteries that have become narrowed or partially blocked by an accumulation of plaque deposits. Angioplasty is performed using a very small incision into the blocked vessel.
A thin tube called a catheter is inserted through the incision and your doctor then uses radiology techniques to guide its proper placement. Once in place, a tiny balloon is deployed and inflated, compressing the plaque so the opening of the vessel is widened. A small mesh framework called a stent is also usually deployed to help keep the vessel open.
At the end of the procedure, the balloon is deflated and removed along with the catheter. Some procedures use techniques to break apart the plaques rather than compress it. The technique your doctor decides to use for your procedures depends on several factors and will be determined prior to treatment after a full discussion with you.
If you’re in Forest Hills, Queens, or the greater New York City or Tri-State areas, call Medex Diagnostic & Treatment Center today or use the online booking option to schedule an appointment and learn more about the available radiology services the center provides.