Vascular and Interventional

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Faculty

Fellows:

  • Timothy Goede, MD
  • John Harris, MD
  • Evans Heithaus, MD
  • Raymond Sutkowski, MD

Clinical Coordinators

 

Location: Shands at the University of Florida

Overview: Interventional radiology is a rapidly growing area of medicine. Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging guidance. Interventional radiology procedures are an advance in medicine that often replace open surgical procedures. They are generally easier for the patient because they involve no large incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times.

Modalities: Interventional radiologists use their expertise in reading X-rays, ultrasound and other medical images to guide small instruments such as catheters (tubes that measure just a few millimeters in diameter) through the blood vessels or other pathways to treat disease percutaneously (through the skin). These procedures are typically much less invasive and much less costly than traditional surgery.

The improved ability of radiologists to see inside the body gave rise to interventional radiology – minimally invasive targeted treatments performed using imaging for guidance – in the mid-1970’s. Interventional radiologists invented angioplasty and the first catheter-delivered stent, what was first used in the legs, to save patients with vascular disease from amputation or other surgery. These advances pioneered modern medicine and gave rise to the state-of-the-art treatments that are common place today. Advantages of Interventional Radiology include: Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay; General anesthesia usually is not required; Risk, pain and recovery time are often significantly reduced; and the procedures are sometimes less expensive than surgery or other alternatives.

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