Interventional Radiology Expertise

Interventional radiology offers experience and expertise in:

Tumor ablation

Nonsurgical ablation of tumors to treat cancer without harming the patient’s surrounding tissue.

Bland embolization, chemoembolization, and radioembolization

Hepatic arterial therapies to treat tumors of the liver with fewer side effects than systemic chemotherapy. Watch how UCSF interventional radiologist treat patients with liver tumors.


Embolization therapy to stop bleeding or shrink size of tumor.

Placement of drains and stents

Biliary and urinary drainage to address obstruction, prevent infections and allow healing

Interventional Procedure – UCSF Medical

Administration of medications to dissolve blood clots

 Catheter-directed thrombolysis to manage thrombosis or remove blood clots in the veins.

Tubal cannulation

Salpingography and catheterization to open fallopian tubes and restore fertility. Watch how UCSF interventional radiologists treat it.

Stent placement

Management of urinary tract obstruction with a stent to address chronic production of kidney stones or to restore renal function.

Angioplasty and stenting

Minimally invasive treatments for peripheral vascular disease, the circulation problem in which the arteries that carry blood to the legs or arms become narrowed or clogged.

Management of dialysis access

Management and maintenance of dialysis access fistulas and dialysis catheters.

Port placement

Placement of vascular access ports for chemotherapy and dialysis.

Placement of feeding tubes

Gastrostomy or feeding tubes are for direct nutrition when patient is unable to eat safely or normally for example after a stroke.

Management of uterine fibroids

 Both uteriene artery embolization (UAE) and high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to relieve pain, pressure and bleeding without requiring hysterectomy.

Uterine Fibroids - UCSF Medical

Prevention of pulmonary emboli

Inferior vena cava filter placement for treating deep vein thrombosis or preventing a life-threatening event due to a pulmonary emboli.