Interventional Radiology – Frequently Asked Questions
What types of exams are performed in Interventional Radiology?
Interventional Radiologists perform numerous types of exams, including arteriograms, biopsies, drainages, vena cava filter placement, embolizations, balloon angioplasty, and vessel stenting, Central Venous Lines, Vertebral-plasty, Epidural injections, dialysis graft decolt, etc.
What is an arteriogram?
An arteriogram, also referred to as an angiogram, or A-gram, is a study of the arteries in the body. Any vessel in the body can be studied in these exams. Common things to be looked for in an arteriogram are narrowed vessels, aneurysms, tumors, and clots. These same conditions can be studied in the veins of the body; these studies would then be referred to as venograms.
Should I eat before my interventional procedure?
Generally speaking, nine out of 10 exams in Interventional Radiology involve sedation and/or injection of contrast media to visualize the vessels. For both of these things, you need to have an empty stomach at least six – eight hours before your exam. Two hours for clear liquids and eight hours for solid foods.
Should I take my regular medicines before arrival for an interventional procedure?
It is suggested that you bring your meds with you, and we will consult with you before your exam as to what you can and cannot take.
How soon can I leave after my interventional procedure? Will I be able to drive?
Most exams involving arteries and veins have a recovery time of at least six hours. At the end of that time, since you most likely had sedation or a puncture into your vessels, you will not be able to drive. Therefore, please make sure you have someone who can drive you home. In some instances, interventions such as balloon angioplasty or stenting of arteries require an overnight stay in the hospital.
How long will it take to get my results?
Your physician can get verbal results the same day. The written report will be approximately 24 – 72 hours.