Advanced Interventional Services

Minimally invasive tests and treatments that shorten recovery time and reduce costs.

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State-of-the-Art Interventional Radiology Suite

Our Interventional Radiology Suite is equipped with the latest technology and staffed with experienced professionals dedicated to excellence in patient care. These Radiologic Technologists and Registered Nurses provide coverage for our patients and physicians 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What is Interventional Radiology?

Interventional Radiology is a medical imaging specialty that uses x-ray and ultrasound guidance to perform minimally invasive procedures. Needles, catheters, guide wires and other small instruments are inserted into blood vessels or other pathways by physicians to diagnose and treat diseases.

Less Invasive. Shorter Recovery Time.

Most Interventional Radiology procedures are not as invasive or traumatic to the patient as traditional surgery. They have a shorter recovery time and can be less costly. The majority of the procedures are performed in an outpatient setting with local anesthesia, allowing the patient to return home the same day.

Types of Interventional Radiology Procedures

Interventional Radiology procedures performed at Geisinger Holy Spirit include:

  • Angiography (with or without angioplasty or stenting) – x-ray examination of blood vessels
  • Angioplasty – repair of a blood vessel by inserting a balloon-tipped catheter
  • Vascular Imaging – examination of the veins and arteries
  • Radio Frequency Ablation of Tumors – tumor removal using radiofrequency waves
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization – use of a catheter to block blood supply to the fibroid so that it slowly dies off
  • Chemoembolization of Tumors – a method of delivering chemotherapy directly to the tumor
  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter – a filter that captures blood clots to help prevent blockages in the arteries
  • Vertebroplasty– a spinal procedure that helps relieve back pain caused by compression fractures
  • Dialysis Access and Maintenance – including de-clotting of grafts and fistulas – a surgically created entranceway into the bloodstream that is needed for dialysis treatment
  • Venous Access – including PICC lines and Tunnel PICC lines – surgical insertion of a catheter into a vein in the arm or leg, used for antibiotics, chemotherapy, nutrition or drawing of blood samples
  • Port Catheter Placement – surgical creation of an opening that allows insertion of a catheter into a vein
  • Peripheral Angiograms – tests that help find narrowed or blocked areas in the arteries that carry blood to your legs
  • Carotid Angiograms – tests that examine how the blood flows in the main arteries of the neck that lead to the brain
  • GI Procedures – tests that examine the gastrointestinal tract
  • Abscess Drainage Procedures – minor surgical procedures to release pus or pressure built up under the skin
  • Percutaneous Transhepatic Cholangiograms (PTHC) – x-rays of the bile ducts


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