Interventional Radiology: Minimally Invasive Alternative to Surgery

Our nationally recognized interventional radiologists within the UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Department have extensive experience and success using minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat patients with a wide variety of disorders. These techniques are less invasive than open surgery. Therefore, recovery is faster with generally less discomfort and fewer associated complications.  All of our interventional radiologists are board-certified radiologists with advanced training in image-guided procedures and subspecialty certification from the American Board of Radiology in vascular and interventional radiology.

 Why choose Interventional Radiology at UCSF

  • Most advanced techniques and state-of-the-art imaging equipment with reduced X-ray doses
  • Pioneering work in the treatment of various diseases
  • Patient–centered care
  • Minimally invasive interventional techniques, resulting in shorter recovery time for patients, less time in the hospital, and less pain as a side effect of the procedures when compared with open surgery
  • Specially designed interventional radiology clinics that optimize patient evaluation and treatment

Interventional Radiology Issues We Address

Interventional Oncology

  • Conditions:  Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma), liver metastases (colon or rectum, neuroendocrine, breast, other), kidney cancer, lung cancer, adrenal tumors
  • Services:  Embolization, chemoembolization, Yttrium-90 (90Y) radioembolization, microwave ablation, cryoablation, alcohol ablation, biopsies

Men’s Health

Women’s Health

  • Conditions:  Uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, pelvic congestion syndrome, infertility
  • Services:  Uterine artery / uterine fibroid embolization (UAE / UFE), High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), gonadal vein embolization, fallopian tube recanalization

Venous Disease 

  • Conditions:  Superficial venous disease and varicose veins, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, May-Thurner syndrome, Paget-Schroetter syndrome
  • Services:  Varicose vein ablation, sclerotherapy, inferior vena cava (IVC) filter insertion and removal, thrombolysis, angioplasty, stenting, angiovac thrombectomy

Dialysis Access Interventions

  • Conditions:  Hemodialysis access, access malfunction
  • Services:  Dialysis access catheters, maintenance of dialysis fistula / graft patency (de-clot, thrombolysis, angioplasty, stenting)

Portal Hypertension

  • Conditions:  Portal hypertension, esophageal varices, gastric varices, variceal bleeding, ascites, portal vein thrombosis, Budd-Chiari syndrome
  • Services:  Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS), Balloon-assisted retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO), portal vein recanalization, paracentesis, abdominal PleurX placement

Genitourinary Interventions

  • Conditions:  Hydronephrosis, ureter obstruction, angiomyolipoma (AML)
  • Services:  Nephrostomy, ureteral stenting, embolization

Billiary Tract Disease

  • Conditions:  Bile duct obstruction, bile leak, cholecystitis 
  • Services:  Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD), cholangioplasty, stenting, cholecystostomy

Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, and Lung Transplant Interventions

  • Conditions: Rejection, infection, abscess, vascular problems (stenosis, bleeding), bile duct obstruction, bile leak, hydronephrosis, ureter obstruction, urine leak, pleural effusion
  • Services: Angiography, venography, angioplasty, stenting, transjugular liver biopsy, biliary drainage, cholangioplasty, nephrostomy, ureteral stents, chest tubes

Vascular Malformation

Pain Management

  • Conditions: Knee pain from osteoarthritis, osteoporotic/pathologic spine fractures
  • Services: geniculate artery embolization, vertebral augmentation (for example, kyphoplasty), soft tissue and bone ablation

Other Nonvascular Services

  • Conditions:  Abscess, pleural effusion, malnutrition, intestinal leak, pancreas leak, fistulae, benign thyroid nodules
  • Services:  Imaging-guided drainage, feeding tube placement and management, thyroid nodule ablation

Who we partner with

  • Patients and their families
  • Researchers from our own and other institutions
  • Donors and other visionaries committed to improving the lives of others
  • Referring colleagues in the field of liver transplant surgery

Who we are

  • Faculty members
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Research staff
  • Medical and graduate students
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Practice Managers

Interventional Radiologists

Assistant Professor
Asst Professor Clin Radiology
Director of Interventional Oncology
Professor of Clin Radiology
Associate Professor
Associate Program Director of the Interventional Radiology Residency
Assoc Prof Clinical Radiology
Associate Professor
Assoc Prof Clinical Radiology
Division Chief, Body Interventional Radiology
Professor Clinical Radiology
Assistant Professor
Asst Prof of Clin Radiology
Associate Professor
Director, Interventional Radiology Residency Programs
Asst Prof Clinical Radiology
Associate Professor
Assoc Professor Clin Radiology
Assistant Professor
Asst. Professor In Residence
Associate Professor
Director of Quality, Interventional Radiology
Assoc Prof Clinical Radiology