Interventional Radiology is a specialized grouping of radiology based diagnostic services and procedures, wherein patients are treated through the employment of both catheters and small instrumentation using minimally invasive incisions. Radiology equipment, such as ultrasound imagery and fluoroscopy are used to guide the physician throughout the procedure. In some cases, interventional radiology is considered as an alternative to conventional surgery, and in scientific journals is viewed to be integral to the “operating room of the future”.
Typical Interventional Radiology procedures performed at Geneva General Hospital include arteriograms, of various parts of the body, tube placement, and the insertion of catheter lines and vascular devices. Tissue biopsies, venous sampling, angiography and angioplasty, embolization and various ablations are also performed in the health system’s interventional radiology suite. The Vein Center of the Finger Lakes is also contained in this area.
Interventional Radiology procedures are performed by appointments only, and are scheduled through Scheduling Services (315-787-4555). Please make sure that you have a copy of your order with you, or that your referring/ordering provider sends/faxes one to the interventional department prior to your department. One of the RN’s from this department will call you prior to your procedure date, once you are scheduled, to do an over-the-phone screening. This is to obtain pertinent information from you needed for the procedure, explain any prep necessary for the procedure, to instruct you as to what you are to expect and any arrangements you may need to make, such as arranging for transportation, stopping medications, etc., and to answer any questions you may have. These procedures are only performed at our Geneva General Hospital location.