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The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center’s interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, image-guided treatments. Interventional radiologists pioneered these minimally invasive techniques to treat many conditions that once required traditional surgery and are now treated with typically less risk, less pain and a shorter recovery time than open surgery.
During these procedures, our physicians along with their expert team of nurses and technologists use X-rays, CT, ultrasound, MRI and other advanced imaging techniques to direct a thin tube or catheter to a specific location in the body to diagnose or treat disease. The accuracy of this targeting often allows the treatment or diagnosis to be done with less damage to the surrounding healthy tissue than traditional surgical methods.
For specific information, links below offer detailed descriptions of the most common interventional radiology procedures performed at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center:
- Breast Needle Localization
- Fistulagram - Dialysis
- Ablations - Lung, Liver, or Renal (Kidney)
- Internal Radiation Therapy for the Liver
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization
If your study or procedure is not listed, for general information about preparing for an Interventional Radiology study or procedure, please click here. In general:
- Do not eat or drink after midnight before procedure.
- Morning of procedure, take blood pressure and/or heart medications with a sip of water unless told otherwise.
- You will not be allowed to drive after procedure so please arrange transportation.
- Ask your doctor about discontinuing aspirin or blood thinners 7 days before procedure.
- Tell the staff if you have NOT had lab work or are on any medication.
- Between 4 and 5:30 pm the day before, we will call you with the full preparation instructions. If you are not called by 5:30 pm, please call us at (310) 423-2468.
Needed by noon the day before an exam: Written orders, H&Ps (within last
30 days), pre-op labs (within 2 weeks; CBC, BMP [basic metabolic panel] & PT/PTT).
Below: Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization (TACE) for a Hepatocellular Carcinoma (liver cancer). In the far left image, the catheter is visible as a thin black line at the bottom right of the image, near the spine.