Letter from the Medical Director

Letter from the Medical Director

WilkinsLFinalThe 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 replace traditional surgery. 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, 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.

The Charles J. Tegtmeyer School of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures was founded by Dr. Tegtmeyer, an early pioneer in the field. As procedures within Interventional Radiology grew in complexity, Dr. Tegtmeyer recognized the need for more highly specialized technologists that were 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. With these ideals in mind, the school was founded in 1973.

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. 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 School of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures.

Sincerely,

Luke R. Wilkins, MD
Associate Professor
Medical Director
The Charles J. Tegtmeyer School of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures