Treatments & Services
Interventional radiology offers an alternative to the surgical treatment
of many conditions and in some cases, can eliminate the need for hospitalization.
Interventional radiology methods help reduce infection
rates, speed up recovery times and shorten hospital stays. Unlike X-ray or CT scanning, which provide a series of single-frame images of
the body, the cardiac catheterization technology provides real-time, moving
images of blood flow. In fact, Holland Hospital was the first in the state to
use this technology in combination with contrast to see how your blood flows
throughout your body.
Vascular interventional radiology procedures include:
An x-ray of the arteries and
veins to detect blockage or narrowing of the vessels. In many cases, blockages can be treated in the arteries by inserting a small
stent which inflates and opens the vessel. This procedure is called a
A procedure to dissolve blood clots and restore blood flow
TIPS: (transjugular intrahepatic portal-systemic shunt)
A life-saving procedure for patients with severe liver dysfunction.
A diagnostic test for cancer and an alternative to surgical biopsy.
Central venous access
The insertion a catheter beneath the skin
and into a blood vessel to supply a patient with medications or
Non-vascular interventional radiology procedures include:
- inserting tubes for nutrition
- draining abscesses
- vertebroplasty to repair a fractured vertebra (spinal bone)
Atherectomy Catheter System
Holland Hospital is one of only 100 health
care facilities nationwide to treat Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) using the
new atherectomy catheter system. This advanced procedure employs a
catheter-mounted rotating blade to “shave off” and collects plaque from vessel
walls to improve blood flow.