Alegent Health Northwest Imaging

Northwest Imaging is a joint venture between Radiology Consultants and Alegent Health.

Interventional Procedures

Interventional Radiology is a branch of radiology that employs the imaging technology within the department to perform minimally invasive procedures to diagnose or treat multiple conditions. They use CT scanners or ultrasound to direct the needles for biopsies of the lung, liver, kidney, thyroid, pancreas, bone, and bone marrow. They use x-ray in the angiography room to direct catheters for angiograms and treat arterial stenosis with angioplasty balloons or stents. They use ultrasound and x-rays to place central venous lines (i.e, infusion port, PICC) and drain fluid collections in the safest way possible.

Interventional Oncology is expanding its role in diagnosis (biopsies, fast and safe venous access for chemotherapy, and pain relief). Chemoembolization and radiofrequency ablation are used in treatment of liver cancer. Another expanding area interventional radiology is treatment of venous disease. This includes patients with deep venous thrombosis of the arms and legs who require removal or lysis of their clot to preserve valvular or venous function and prevent long term pain and swelling. Other venous applications include laser ablation of varicose veins, maintaining dialysis fistulas, treatment of pulmonary embolism and placement of shunts in the liver for portal hypertension (TIPS). 

Other procedures provided by Interventional Radiology include: