Interventional Radiology Experience and Specialization

Interventional Radiology – UCSF Medical

UCSF’s interventional radiologists perform thousands of minimally invasive surgical procedures each year. That experience provides us with enormous clinical and scientific expertise, which appreciably improves our ability to help patients. In addition to providing informative consultations to patients, we collaborate closely with the physicians who refer to us. We regularly work with physicians in the greater community as well as with physicians at UCSF. We also discuss challenging patient issues at a variety of multidisciplinary conferences that include all members of the physician team, which enables us to recommend the best plan of care to our patients.

Medical Management in Interventional Radiology

Physicians who specialize in interventional radiology are different than diagnostic radiology physicians. In interventional radiology at UCSF the doctors evaluate patients in a specially designed interventional radiology clinic, may admit patients to the hospital, make decisions regarding treatment of patients, provide inpatient services and perform ”inpatient rounds” to monitor how patients are doing.

Benefits of the Minimally Invasive Approach

Our subspecialists are skilled physicians with particular expertise in managing a wide variety of diseases using advanced minimally invasive interventional techniques. Typically these involve a small puncture and the use of specially designed catheters avoiding a larger surgical incision. These minimally invasive techniques result 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.

Interdisciplinary Specialty

We work collaboratively with many specialty physicians.  For example, UCSF interventional radiology will often co-manage patients with:

  • Bleeding
  • Biliary obstruction
  • Urinary obstruction
  • Uterine fibroids 
  • Liver tumors
  • Kidney tumors
  • Dysfunctional dialysis access fistulas and grafts
  • Circulatory problems including arterial and venous disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis requiring an inferior vena cava filter placement