Interventional Radiology

La jolla 600 x 375
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
9888 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037 US 32.8852 -117.225
    Visiting Hours
    • 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Visiting hours may be adjusted based on the patient's needs or wishes.
    Emergency Services
    • The ER is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Minimally Invasive Treatment Options

Interventional radiology is a minimally-invasive method of using radiology to treat disease rather than diagnose it. Without open surgery, small catheters or needles are guided to the affected area of the body with advanced imaging technology. This kind of procedure has replaced many traditional surgeries as it can be safer and more cost effective, and can decrease recovery time.

Interventional radiology procedures include:

  • Angioplasty/stent placement
    The opening of narrowed blood vessels without surgery
  • Nephrostomy
    The drainage of an obstructed kidney
  • Vertebroplasty
    Injecting bone cement into the spine to prevent further advancement of compression fractures
  • Needle biopsy
    Extracting cells from organs or bone to be analyzed by pathology
  • Cerebral embolization
    A method for blocking off part of a blood vessel that is causing problems
  • Thrombolytic therapy
    Catheters are guided to the location of a blood clot where a medication is released to dissolve the clot. This is often used to treat strokes or heart attacks.