Interventional Radiology

Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday, 7 am to 4 pm
or as scheduled with physician consultation

Interventional radiology covers a group of procedures performed with the guidance of various imaging techniques. Image-guided procedures are used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, and include tissue and tumor biopsy, needle aspiration of fluid collections, catheter drainage of fluid, cyst puncture and analyses, and ablation  therapies.

For most procedures, an intravenous catheter will be placed to provide fluids and medications during the procedure. Your blood pressure will be taken, and you will be fitted with probes to monitor your blood oxygen level (clipped to your finger) and your heart rate (taped to your chest). You will be given local anesthesia, but you will be awake during the procedure because you must be able to follow breathing instructions.

Procedures typically last 30-90 minutes, though some take longer.

When your interventional procedure is complete, you will be moved to a recovery room for observation. A radiologist will speak with you about specific home-care instructions before you leave the hospital. The results of your procedure will be reported to your referring physician.

Interventional Radiology Procedures performed at Heywood Hospital include:

For further information regarding Interventional Radiology Procedures at Heywood Hospital please call (978) 630-6235, or email David Woodford, M.S., R.T. (R), Director of Radiology Services, at David.Woodford@heywood.org.

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