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Interventional Radiology

The Heart and Vascular Center (HVC) Interventional Radiology (IR) program is one of the leading programs in the nation.

Yale New Haven Hospital interventional radiologists are recognized as pioneers in the field of minimally invasive medicine. They work with nursing and technologist staff to offer image-guided, non-surgical treatments for vascular and non-vascular disease with excellent outcomes for pediatric and adult patients.

At Yale New Haven Hospital, interventional radiology procedures are performed for a broad range of conditions spanning gastrointestinal/hepatobiliary, gynecology, infectious disease, oncology, pediatrics, pain management, urology and venous and arterial disease. Interventional radiologists use advanced imaging modalities including ultrasound, fluoroscopy, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging to perform procedures through tiny pinholes, thereby avoiding surgery and long recovery times. IR advances enable minimally invasive treatment of many conditions on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to recover in the comfort of their own home.

Our team was the first in Connecticut and among the first in the nation to perform transcatheter pulmonary embolectomy, a procedure for removal of a blood clot from the pulmonary arteries. Such patients are initially evaluated by the multidisciplinary Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT) and a comprehensive treatment plan is developed.

We are also home to one of the world’s leading hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) and vascular malformation programs. Founded in 1994, both serve as role models for other programs around the world. 

Minimally invasive Interventional Radiology treatments at Yale New Haven Hospital include:  

Heart and vascular

  • Angiography, angioplasty and stenting for arterial disease
  • Embolization for acute, traumatic gastrointestinal and genitourinary bleeding
  • Endovascular treatment of aneurysms and pseudoaneurysms
  • Inferior vena cava filter placement and removal 
  • Non-surgical dialysis fistula creation and repair
  • Pulmonary embolectomy to remove pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs)
  • Treatment of arteriovenous malformations 
  • Venography, venous stenting and related procedures for venous occlusion and clot
  • Venous ablation for varicose veins

Gastrointestinal/Hepatobiliary

  • Gastrojejunostomy placement and gastrostomy for nutrition
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) placement for upper GI bleeding and refractory ascites
  • Treatment of benign and malignant bile duct obstructions 
  • Treatment of fluid collections in the abdomen, chest and pelvis

Gynecology

  • Fallopian tube recanalization for infertility
  • Uterine fibroid embolization for fibroids and uterine artery embolization for post-partum hemorrhage

Oncology

  • Bone and soft tissue, kidney, lung, liver, prostate biopsies
  • Spine biopsy, ablation and kyphoplasty for compression fractures
  • Thermal ablation for lung, liver, kidney, bone and soft tissue tumors
  • Targeted embolization of liver tumors

Pediatric

  • Diagnosis and treatment of cancer, liver disease and vascular malformations

Urology

  • Prostate artery embolization for benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Treatment of benign and malignant urinary obstructions
  • Venous sclerosis and embolization for varicoceles

 

Interventional Radiology Locations