The Vascular Imaging and Intervention Division of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology provides advanced diagnostic exams and minimally invasive, image-guided procedures for diseases and injuries of the blood vessels.
Clinical Division: Vascular Imaging & Intervention
|Stephan Wicky, MD
Director, Vascular Imaging
& Intervention Division
Vascular/interventional radiology is a constantly evolving subspecialty of radiology in which both vascular and nonvascular diseases are treated by utilizing minimally invasive approaches without the need for large surgical incisions or general anesthesia. The interventional radiologist is not only trained in radiographic imaging and percutaneous imaging-guided procedures, but also has the clinical skills required to integrate interventional procedures into overall patient management.
Cardiovascular intervention provides imaging of the arteries and veins utilizing selective catheter techniques, CT (computed tomography), color-flow Doppler ultrasound and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) techniques to diagnose disease and injury of the vasculature and help devise its therapy. Percutaneous vascular interventions, including balloon angioplasty as well as inferior vena cava filter placement, stent placement, thrombolysis and atherectomy for arterial occlusive disease are available. Management of neoplasms and arteriovenous malformations with embolization and intra-arterial chemotherapy, as well as venous access device implantation, repositioning and management are provided. Control of life-threatening hemorrhage with embolization and vascular occlusive therapy is provided on an emergency basis. Other procedures include venous samplings, aortic stent-graft placement, lymphangiograms and various contrast injections.
Vascular Imaging & Intervention Division links:
Patients and referring physicians, please visit Mass General Imaging for information on exams, treatments and scheduling.
Learn how researchers in the Department of Radiology are finding new imaging techniques that enhance diagnostic clarity and patient safety.