Interventional Radiology | IR

MaineHealth offers advanced technology and high quality imaging that allow for diagnosis and effective treatment of many diseases and conditions.

Conventional surgery used to be the only choice for many conditions. Interventional radiology (IR) provides state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging tests and treatments.

What is interventional radiology?

Interventional radiology is a medical specialty that safely treats diseases and conditions using diagnostic imaging equipment. These procedures are minimally invasive, which means they are done with tiny incisions instead of one large opening as with conventional surgery.

Patients have much less pain. Recovery time is much shorter.

Types of interventional radiology

Examples of interventional radiology procedures include, but are not limited to:

  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty and stents
  • Chemoembolization
  • Embolization
  • Hemodialysis access placement and maintenance
  • Needle biopsy
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Vertebroplasty

Ask your provider what to expect from an IR procedure.

Conditions treated

  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Blocked veins
  • Cancer
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney stones
  • Infertility
  • Internal bleeding
  • Liver disease
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Renal disease