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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:

Angiography

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 balloon angioplasty

Thrombolysis 

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.

Needle biopsy

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 nutrients.

Non-vascular interventional radiology procedures include:

  • inserting tubes for nutrition
  • biopsies
  • 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.