The Interventional Radiology Suite at Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Crown Point is staffed by board - certified physicians. These physicians use advanced technology to perform a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Many of these procedures are minimally invasive. The interventional radiologists use imaging to guide them when inserting catheters, wires and other small instruments into the body. With few or no incisions, Interventional Radiology allows for less pain and a quicker recovery time for patients.
Common procedures performed by our Interventional Radiologists are as follows:
Most procedures require that an IV is started to maintain patient safety and provide medication access. Each procedure can require various preparations and may include the removal of hair from the arm, groin, or chest. Procedure time can vary from 30 minutes up to four hours in length.
In the procedure room, the patient is placed onto a horizontal table and small “leads” are placed on the patient’s chest and are connected to a heart monitor. The patient is covered with a warm blanket after the access point is washed and covered with a sterile drape. Throughout the procedure, the technologists, nurses and physicians communicate as a group and talk to the patient.
A local anesthetic is used to prevent any discomfort from the small incision and needle placement. The numbing medication requires a needle stick and can give a burning sensation for a few seconds. Patients are monitored and evaluated for pain control and medications are administered as needed. Most patients feel a pressure sensation when the physician pushes the catheter into place. A “camera” is positioned over the area being examined. Often, when the catheter is in the desired location the physician will inject a small amount of contrast (dye). Many patients feel a sensation of heat from the injection.
Depending on the type of procedure some devices may be left in place, as is the case for line placements, drains and access ports. For other procedures the devices are removed and pressure is applied to the site for approximately 10 - 30 minutes and a pressure dressing is often applied. Vital signs are taken before the patient is moved from the exam table.
After the procedure the patient is monitored for a period of time prior to being discharged. This monitoring may include blood pressure, pulse, respiration and general awareness evaluation. Post procedure instructions are given as appropriate. Some patients are released from the department and taken to another area within the hospital by a transport person.