Advances in imaging technology have created new choices for patients. The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is home to a team of physicians who use imaging technology to dramatically reduce the pain, risk, and recovery time for patients they treat for a growing range of conditions. These procedural imaging specialists, called Interventional Radiologists, replace traditional surgery with minimally invasive techniques and small instruments. Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated by Interventional Radiologists on an outpatient basis.
Why Should You Choose UI Health?
Medical professionals around the country know us as the place to send their most critically ill patients for the specialized expertise and advanced technology that can make a life saving difference. Further, clinical research trials may be available. Shouldn't you know us too? We frequently have referrals from patients out of state.
Minimally Invasive Techniques Target Common Conditions and Yield Extraordinary Results
Guided by sophisticated imaging technology, the Interventional Radiologist is advancing a revolution in procedural performance. Interventional Radiologists can maneuver small instruments through blood vessels and other pathways to diagnose and treat a range of conditions.
Shrinking the Tumor. Reducing the Recovery Time.
Two areas where Interventional Radiology is making a difference are uterine fibroids and varicose veins. Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that often develop in the wall of the uterus. In a safe, minimally invasive procedure called uterine fibroid embolization, the Interventional Radiologist makes a small nick in the patient's skin and uses real-time imaging to navigate a catheter through an artery to the uterus. Tiny particles are then released, blocking the flow of blood, shrinking the tumor, and lessening the symptoms. Most patients return to normal activity within 10 days, and very rarely do the fibroids return.
In the Same Vein...
Arteries carry blood from the heart; veins carry it back, valves keep the blood from flowing backwards. A weakened valve can let blood leak back into the vein, collect there, and cause it to enlarge, forming varicose veins. While for many, varicose veins are only a cosmetic concern, for others, they cause aching pain and may signal a higher risk of circulatory problems. Read more information on varicose veins and treatments.
The University of Illinois Hospital is home to a team of Interventional Radiologists committed to fulfilling the needs of our patient and referring physicians. These physicians are double boarded in Diagnostic Radiology and sub-specialty Boarded in Vascular and Interventional Radiology certified by the American Board of Radiology.
Division of Interventional Radiology
University Of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
1740 West Taylor Street Suite 2488 (MC 931)
Chicago, Illinois 60612-7233
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