IR Technologist Education

Charles J. Tegtmeyer Program of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures

An IR technician meets with a patient in a waiting room

Established in 1973 by Dr. Charles J. Tegtmeyer, the post-graduate Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures Internship offered at the University of Virginia Medical Center provides a challenging and rewarding opportunity for dedicated radiology technologists interested in pursuing a career in the field of interventional radiology.

Dr. Tegtmeyer founded the internship with the idea that as the field of interventional radiology continued to evolve and expand, technologists proficient in all facets of patient care, equipment and instrumentation, and procedures would be an invaluable asset to the collaborative team required to provide excellent and innovative care to patients.

Our program believes that dedicated core curriculum and clinical instruction are essential components in the transformation of a registered radiologic technologist into a skilled and knowledgeable vascular interventional technologist.

Concurrently, we believe that the professional efforts and education of a board-certified radiologic technologist should be acknowledged, respected and compensated. As such, we are proud to offer the Charles J. Tegtmeyer Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures Internship as a one-year paid internship. For more information on this, please see our Additional Program Information page.

Thorough clinical and academic instruction from nationally and internationally recognized staff and faculty ensures successful graduates of our internship will possess the fundamental knowledge and skillset required to pursue a rewarding career in interventional radiology, and share in the responsibility of patient outcomes on the interventional team.

A Message from the Medical Director

Dr. Daniel Sheera, UVA Radiology faculty

Daniel Sheeran, MD

Assistant Professor of Interventional Radiology

Medical Director, The Charles J. Tegtmeyer Program of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures

The Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Virginia is a dynamic and growing division with a rich history, energetic faculty, state-of-the-art equipment and highly skilled technical and nursing staff. We use cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques and imaging guidance to achieve excellent patient outcomes. Interventional Radiology (IR) is 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, the spectrum of oncologic care and therapies for both men’s and women’s health to name a few.

More than 6,000 cases are performed yearly. The IR Clinic provides outpatient evaluations and long-term follow-up, with special emphasis on regional therapy of liver malignancies, uterine fibroid embolization and varicose vein treatment. With the use of catheters and wires under a variety of imaging techniques from x-ray and CT to transcutaneous and intravascular ultrasound, IR offers an alternative to surgical treatment of many diseases and can mitigate the need for hospitalization and shorten recovery time in many cases.

The Charles J. Tegtmeyer Program of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures was founded by Dr. Tegtmeyer, an early pioneer in the field of interventional radiology. As procedures within this nascent field grew in complexity, Dr. Tegtmeyer recognized the need for highly specialized technologists that would be familiar with the unique and rapidly growing array of equipment used in this field. Further, Dr. Tegtmeyer understood the value of a highly functioning team within the IR suite necessitating shared expertise in clinical presentation, anatomy and physiology, and the details and intricacies of many procedures. With these ideals in mind, the school was founded in 1973, and its relevance and importance has only grown over the past nearly 50 years.

Since its inception, the school has graduated over 200 highly trained technologists who are well-versed in the vast array interventional radiology and special procedures. Upon completing our program, technologists have the skill-set to be valuable members of an IR team with extensive knowledge of angiographic technique, angiographic filming and the latest in equipment technology. Along the way they also become familiar with patient care and directly affect clinical outcomes. We invite you to apply to join our school and become a part of the rich tradition and growing alumni of the Charles J. Tegtmeyer Program of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures.