Vascular and Interventional Radiology

The Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology

The Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (IR) uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques and imaging-guidance to replace conventional surgery. IR radiologists are involved in the treatment of patients as well as the diagnosis of disease, providing a full array of patient care for the chest, abdomen, and extremities. Services include diagnostic arteriography, renal and peripheral vascular interventions, biliary, thoracic and abdominal stent grafts, venous access procedures, and embolization cancer therapies, to name a few.

More than 6,000 cases are performed yearly. The IR Clinic provides patient evaluations and referral follow-ups, with special emphasis on regional therapy of liver malignancies, uterine fibroid embolization, and varicose vein treatment. With the use of catheters, various x-ray, and imaging techniques using CT, MRI, and Ultrasound scanner machines, IR offers an alternative to surgical treatment and can eliminate the need for hospitalization in certain cases.

UVA emergency department extensionIn 2019 we moved into a new space next to the operating room with state-of-the-art equipment that includes 8 procedure rooms with CT available in two angiography suites and cone-beam CT available in 5 more suites.  We also have access to IVUS, ICE, and CE-US for all the latest in intra-procedural diagnostic imaging.

Our division is actively engaged in basic and translational research as well as clinical trial research—all designed to advance innovations in minimally invasive, image-guided therapies and further scientific knowledge in the field.

Interventional Radiology Symposium for Medical Students

This is an annual symposium hosted by the UVA Radiology Department that provides students with an overview of the imaging, anatomy, pathology and treatments pertinent to Interventional Radiology.  Participants will have an opportunity to get hands-on simulation experience, with exposure to several devices and techniques used in minimally invasive procedures.

Community Outreach

We are committed to raising awareness of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a condition that increases the risk for stroke, heart attack, and loss of limbs. Our “Legs for Life” program offers screening for those considered at risk for PAD and provides advice to patients about the most practical and effective treatment options available.