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We offer highly specialized interventional services using state-of-the-art equipment in a compassionate, caring environment. Our minimally invasive image-guided treatments allow patients care with less risk, pain and recovery time.

Our interventionists perform innovative treatments using state-of-the-art techniques in a variety of imaging modalities including fluoroscopy, computed tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging to treat conditions in the following areas:

Arterial Disease Vascular

Our Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists have dedicated their professional lives to providing advanced therapies for people suffering from heart disease. Peripheral arterial diseases, like blood clots or calcium blockages, damage arteries impacting how blood is delivered from the heart throughout the body and can lead to heart attack or strokes.

Biliary Intervention

Our Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists have dedicated their professional lives to providing advanced interventional radiology therapies. Our experts specialize in treating gallstones and blockages or damage of the passages between bile ducts.

Cancer Therapies

Johns Hopkins interventional radiology physicians play a critical role as part of the Cancer Center team. Ours is a rapidly evolving field where innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating cancer result in prolonged quality survival for patients with cancer.

    • Intraarterial Procedures
      • Chemoembolization (TACE)
      • Chemoembolization (DEB)
      • Radioembolization
    • Tumor ablation
      • Cryoablation
      • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
      • Microwave ablation
    • Paracentesis or Thoracentesis
    • PICC line placement
    • Tunneled catheter placement
    • Port catheter placement
    • Percutaneous biliary drainage
    • Percutaneous nephrostomy
    • Pleurx catheter placement
    • Stenting of malignant strictures: bile duct, esophageal, tracheobronchial and intestinal
    • Portal vein embolization
  • Interventional oncology, practiced by interventional radiologists, is one of four parts of a multidisciplinary team approach in the treatment of cancer and cancer related disorders. The others include medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology.

    Interventional oncology procedures provide minimally invasive, targeted treatment of cancer. Image guidance is used in combination with the most current innovations available to treat cancerous tumors while minimizing possible injury to other body organs. Most patients having these procedures are outpatients or require a one night stay in the hospital.

    • Some of these therapies are regional, as when treating cancers involving several areas of the liver with chemoembolization or radioembolization.
    • Others are better classified as local, as when treating focal lesions in the kidney, liver, lung and bone with cryoablation (freezing), or microwave or radiofrequency ablation (heating).

    In general, these techniques are reserved for patients whose cancer cannot be surgically removed or effectively treated with systemic chemotherapy. These procedures are also frequently used in combination with other therapies provided by other members of the cancer team.

 

Dialysis Access Treatments

Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists has dedicated their professional lives to providing advanced therapeutic services. Interventional radiologists create a portal in the bloodstream under the skin to allow dialysis treatments.

 

Gastrointestinal

Our Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists have dedicated their professional lives to providing advanced therapies to address gastrointestinal conditions. Interventional radiologists use non-invasive imaging to diagnosis and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

Kidney Disease

Our Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists have dedicated their professional lives to providing advanced kidney disease therapies. Interventional radiology therapies can assist in allowing the kidneys to function better or assist in cancer treatments. 

 

Liver Disease

Our Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists have dedicated their professional lives to providing advanced liver disease therapies. Interventional radiology therapies can assist in allowing the liver to function better or assist in cancer treatments.

 

Men's Health

Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists has dedicated their professional lives to providing men’s health services. Our services range from routine diagnostic exams, to in-depth consultations for men with infertility, arterial or vein disorders.

 

Pain Treatments

Our Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists have dedicated their professional lives to giving providing minimally invasive image-guided treatments effectively treat patients with minimal discomfort.

 

Pediatric

Our expertise in pediatric anatomy and physiology allow us to provide a level of accuracy and insight that conventional radiologists are often unable to provide in pediatric cases.

  • As a parent, you may have concerns about radiation exposure. Our children’s hospital takes every precaution to make sure your child is safe. Our goal is to do the procedure correctly and thoroughly, while exposing your child to the smallest amount of radiation necessary to complete the procedure.

    Advances in equipment and imaging have lowered the amount of radiation your child will receive. All of the equipment is inspected regularly. 

  • We welcome your help and support before and after the procedure. The most important role of a parent and guardian is to help your child stay calm and relaxed before the procedure.

    • The best way to help your child stay calm is for you to stay calm.
    • We encourage you to talk to your child and hold his or her hand before the procedure.
    • We welcome your questions, but please ask them either before or after the procedure.
    • Before entering the IR procedure room, you will be asked to put on a disposable zip-up garment ("bunny suit") over your clothes to protect the sterile environment in the room.
    • If sedation medication is needed for your child's IR procedure, you may stay with your child as the medication takes effect. You then will be escorted to the waiting area.

    If at any time before or during your child's procedure, or while the sedation medication is taking effect, you or the IR doctor feel it would be best for you to leave the room, a staff member will escort you to the waiting area.

  • The IR doctor will provide a written report of the results of your child’s IR procedure or treatment to the doctor who prescribed it. You should contact your doctor to get the results of your child’s procedure.  Results often are not available on the same day the IR procedure or treatment was done.

 

Stroke

Our Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists have dedicated their professional lives to treating stroke patients. Our interventional radiologists use advanced therapies to restore blood flow to the part of the brain that is blocked due to a blood clot.

 

Trauma and Bleeding

Embolization is a well-established interventional radiology technique that is used to treat trauma victims with massive bleeding, to control hemorrhage after childbirth and as a treatment prior to surgery to decrease blood loss. Some treatments interventional radiologists provide are a less invasive option than surgical removal of all or part of the organ, such as in liver trauma and spleen trauma.

 

Vascular Disease

Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists has dedicated their professional lives to advancing interventional radiology services for the highest level of patient care. 

 

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins caused by increased blood pressure in the veins. Interventional radiologists treat problematic varicose veins with minimal recovery time.
 

Our Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology Center (IRC) team of interventionalists have dedicated their professional lives to providing women’s health services. Our services range from routine diagnostic exams, to in-depth consultations for women with pelvic and vein disorders.

  
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