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radiology scanInterventional Radiology provides minimally invasive, image-guided procedures for your patient’s diagnosis and treatment. In general, these procedures are more comfortable, have shorter recovery periods and have fewer risks and complications when compared to open surgical procedures. These procedures rarely require general anesthesia and can typically be done in an outpatient setting. 

Moffitt Cancer Center’s Interventional Radiology Program regularly accepts patients referred by physicians across the country. Our interventional radiology specialists include board-certified physicians, advanced practice professionals, ICU-trained nurses, subspecialty technologists, and others. Interventional Radiology utilizes minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions that previously required open surgery. This results in shorter recovery times and lower complication rates for our patients. In addition to our focus on top-quality patient care, we continue to advance minimally invasive image-guided treatments through multispecialty tumor boards and research.

The multispecialty team in the Interventional Radiology Program can offer your patients a wide variety of comprehensive services related to care for multiple types of cancer which include the following:

  • Image-guided interventions
  • Vascular interventions
  • Non-vascular interventions
  • Clinical and related nonprocedural activities
  • Outpatient and inpatient consultation
  • Participation in clinical trials

Vascular Diagnosis

  • Arteriography (head and neck, visceral, extremities, etc.)
  • Venography (central and peripheral)
  • Dialysis access evaluations

Vascular Interventions

  • Venous access (placement of port-a-cath, tunneled and non-tunneled lines, PICC, etc.)
  • IVC filter placement and retrieval
  • Thrombolysis of arterial and venous thrombosis
  • Peripheral, central, and visceral arterial and venous angioplasty and stenting
  • Embolectomy of acute pulmonary embolism
  • Dialysis access interventions
  • Embolization of acute bleeding
  • Tumor embolization (chemoembolization, radioembolization, bland embolization)
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Pre-surgical embolization of tumors
  • Embolization of pulmonary and peripheral vascular malformations
  • Gonadal vein embolization
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation and revision
  • Balloon occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration of gastric varices (BRTO)
  • Thoracic duct embolization 

Image-Guided Non-Vascular Interventions

  • Biopsy
  • Abscess drainage & tube evaluations
  • Paracentesis, thoracentesis
  • Chest tube placement
  • Tunneled pleural or intraperitoneal catheter placement for chronic drainage
  • Pleurodesis
  • Gastrostomy and gastrojejunostomy tube placement and exchanges
  • Biliary interventions: percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram (PTC), biliary drainage (external and/or internal), biliary angioplasty and stent placement, cholecystostomy tube placement, biliary tube exchanges, etc.
  • Genitourinary interventions (pyelograms, nephrostomy, nephroureterostomy, ureteral stent placement, ureteral balloon dilation, ureteral stent evaluations and exchanges, etc.)
  • Aspiration, drainage of sterile collections (cysts, seromas, lymphoceles, etc.)
  • Sclerotherapy of cysts, lymphocles, etc.
  • Enteric balloon dilation and stent placement (esophageal, duodenal, colonic, etc.)
  • Percutaneous tumor ablation (radiofrequency, microwave, cryoablation, ethanol, irreversible electroporation)
  • Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty
  • Ablation of painful osseous metastases
  • Pain management (epidural, nerve and facet block injection, etc.)
  • Lumbar puncture with or without intrathecal chemotherapy infusion
  • Epidural blood patch

What do interventional radiology specialists do?

Moffitt’s interventional radiology specialists utilize imaging (MRIs , CT scans, X-rays and ultrasounds) to perform minimally invasive procedures that previously required open surgery. At Moffitt, we strive to be at the frontline of cancer care and are up to date with the newest technology in treating cancer. Some of the frequently performed procedures at Moffitt include:

  • Placement of venous access devices (chest ports, tunneled and temporary central venous lines) 
  • Tumor embolizations (Chemoembolization, Radioembolization, Bland embolization)
  • Ablation (Microwave, Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), Cryoablation, thyroid nodule RFA)
  • Irreversible electroporation (IRE ablation, NanoKnife)
  • IVC filter placements and removals
  • Arterial or venous clot removals
  • Venous and arterial patency restoration
  • Pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis thrombectomy and thrombolysis
  • Embolization of acute bleeding
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Embolization for pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Embolization for varicoceles
  • Embolization of vascular malformations
  • Transjugular liver biopsy and hepatic venous pressures
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation and revision
  • Balloon occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration of gastric varices (BRTO)
  • Thoracic duct embolization for chyle leaks
  • Image-guided biopsies (lungs, liver, kidney, bone, lymph node, thyroid, etc.)
  • Abscess drainages
  • Chest tube placements
  • Thoracentesis and tunneled chest PleurX catheter placement for recurrent pleural effusions
  • Paracentesis and tunneled abdominal PleurX catheter placement for recurrent ascites
  • Gastrostomy, gastrojejunostomy, and jejunostomy tube placement and exchanges
  • Bile duct interventions: percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram (PTC), biliary drainage (external and/or internal), biliary angioplasty, biliary stent placement, cholecystostomy tube placement.
  • Genitourinary interventions: pyelograms, nephrostomy tube placements, nephroureterostomy, internalization of nephrostomy tubes, ureteral balloon dilation, ureteral stent evaluations and exchanges, suprapubic catheter placements
  • Sclerotherapy of fluid collections (cysts, seromas, lymphoceles, etc.)
  • Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar puncture with or without intrathecal chemotherapy infusion
  • Epidural blood patch

For further and more detailed information on how Interventional Radiology procedures can be beneficial in your care, please refer to the Society of Interventional Radiology page or visit our Moffitt YouTube channel.

Moffitt’s Interventional Radiology Program is located at the Muriel Rothman Building of the Magnolia campus and regularly treats patients with many different malignancies, including cancers of the breasts, kidneys, lungs, bones and prostate. Our interventional radiology specialists help to ensure each patient’s treatment plan is tailored to their needs.

We focus on more than clinical treatment

At Moffitt, our focus extends far beyond clinical treatment. We also care deeply about our patients’ quality of life. We believe our minimally invasive approach allows for the fastest return to normal daily life while undergoing treatment. We understand that there are many challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis, which is why we have a full team of supportive care specialists under the same roof as our physicians. These professionals help patients navigate the unique challenges that come with undergoing cancer treatment.

If you are a health care provider looking to refer a patient to our interventional radiology specialists, complete our online form or contact a physician liaison for assistance or support. Moffitt emphasizes short referral times and will accommodate urgent referrals whenever possible.

You can refer a patient to a Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology Program Member


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