Interventional radiologists were early innovators in the development of minimally invasive alternatives to traditional surgical procedures. Among the early advances by interventional radiologists were the invention of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent to treat peripheral arterial disease. While these advances have since been widely adopted, the spirit of innovation is fundamental to interventional radiology and the specialty remains committed to providing noninvasive and minimally invasive solutions to diagnose and treat disease.
We work closely and collaboratively with other medical and surgical specialties in a multidisciplinary approach to perform a spectrum of interventions. These procedures include venous access; dialysis access interventions; percutaneous biopsies and drainages; placement of nephrostomy tubes and ureteral stents; placement of biliary drains and stents; embolization of uterine fibroids; angioplasty and stent placement for both arterial and venous occlusive disease; placement and retrieval of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters; management of portal hypertension; locoregional therapy of liver, kidney, adrenal and lung cancers with thermal ablation; irreversible electroporation; radioembolization and chemoembolization; and angiography with embolization techniques to treat bleeding.
Our faculty physicians leverage their expertise in imaging to perform procedures through a precise, targeted and minimally-invasive approach to both diagnosis and therapy. This clinical approach reduces patient risk and pain, and significantly shortens recovery times. We perform a high volume of procedures at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Parkland Hospital, and Zale Lipshy University Hospital. We also provide comprehensive clinical service through outpatient clinics, consults, and inpatient care.
Intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation are core values of the Vascular & Interventional Radiology Division. Our research program includes translational research to bring new treatments from the laboratory to clinical practice, as well as several ongoing clinical trials. Select clinical trials are listed below:
- The SENTRY Clinical Study
The SENTRY IVC Bioconvertible Filter is designed to provide temporary protection to subjects at transient, high risk of pulmonary embolism. Following conclusion of the protection period, The SENTRY filter bioconverts, and filter arms withdraw towards the IVC wall for incorporation, eliminating the need for retrieval.
- A Pilot Study of "OncozeneTM" Microspheres for Intra-arterial Delivery of Doxorubicin for the Treatment of Patients With Unresectable Hepatocellular Cancer
- A Phase III Clinical Trial Evaluating TheraSphere in Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma of the Liver Who Have Failed First Line Chemotherapy
The effectiveness and safety of TheraSphere will be evaluated in patients with colorectal cancer with metastases in the liver, who are scheduled to receive second line chemotherapy. All patients receive the standard of care chemotherapy with or without the addition of TheraSphere.
The Vascular & Interventional Radiology Division provides clinical and academic training for residents and fellows in the Department of Radiology. Our one-year Vascular & Interventional Radiology Fellowship training training program is intended to prepare radiologists for successful careers in either academic or private practice settings, and to become driving forces to promote application of advanced interventional radiology techniques. Our five-year Interventional Radiology - Integrated Residency training program provides extensive training in the interpretation of diagnostic imaging and performance of interventional radiology procedures accompanied by opportunities for research.