Many conditions that once required surgery can now be treated nonsurgically by interventional radiology. This medical subspecialty uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat medical conditions affecting nearly every part of the body. Interventional radiologists are credited with pioneering modern minimally invasive medicine, such as angioplasty and catheter-delivered stenting.
The Regional Leader in Interventional Radiology
Portsmouth Regional Hospital offers the most comprehensive interventional radiology services in the Seacoast region, with many advanced treatments including angiography, radiofrequency tumor ablation (RFA), fibroid embolization and internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy).
In addition, our specialists provide the latest treatment options for a variety of neurological conditions and work collaboratively with neurologists and neurosurgeons in a multidisciplinary approach to care.
Our interventional radiologists deliver rapid response to stroke patients by directly injecting clot-dissolving drugs into blocked sites. We also use the Merci Retrieval System® for stroke, which incorporates an image-guided catheter to locate and remove blockages quickly.
Nonsurgical Treatments for Diverse Conditions
The board-certified vascular and interventional radiologists at Portsmouth Regional Hospital are highly trained doctors who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments across all medical specialties. Using the latest imaging procedures and interventional technology, we treat a broad range of conditions without surgery, including:
- Cancer – Liver, kidney and lung
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Stroke and carotid artery disease
- Intracranial aneurysm
- Head and neck trauma
- Metastatic spine tumors
- Uterine fibroids
- Vertebral compression fractures
How You Benefit
Using X-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound and other advanced imaging methods, interventional radiologists guide instruments through the blood vessels of the body with needles and narrow tubes called catheters rather than using the large incisions of traditional surgery. These interventional procedures mean you benefit from less risk of infection, less pain and shorter recovery times.
What to Expect
Learn more about specific interventional radiology procedures, including what to expect, at our online Health Library. Find additional information and videos at the Society of Interventional Radiology.