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Interventional Radiology Program

At UCH, an interventional approach is used for some heart valve procedures

Interventional radiology (IR) is a relatively new and rapidly advancing field for treating many medical conditions.

Today, many conditions that once required surgery are treated non-surgically by interventional radiologists. Often, IR treatments offer patients less risk, pain, and recovery time compared to open surgery. 

Interventional radiologists use x-rays, MRI and other imaging to navigate small instruments, like catheters, through blood vessels and organs to treat a variety of diseases.

IR procedures are used to treat a range of conditions

The collaborative team at University of Colorado Hospital is setting the standard nationally in the field of interventional radiology.

Click a heading below to see how IR is used as a treatment approach in that area.

Interventional Oncology

Interventional oncology uses interventional radiology techniques to treat cancer-related conditions. These techniques include:

  • chemoembolization
  • selective internal radiation therapy
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • renal cryoablation
  • feeding tube access
  • vascular access device placement



This treatment area includes:

  • Stroke therapy with both mechanical and pharmacological approaches, endovascular aneurysm, and arteriovenous malformation therapy.
  • Carotid and vertebral artery stenting for atheromatous disease and dissections.


IR techniques are used in fertility and gynecologic intervention, including embolization of fibroid disease, varicocele, or pelvic congestion syndrome.


Using specialized techniques, interventional radiologists work with the cardiovascular team to treat coronary artery angioplasty and vascular stenting, among other procedures.


One of the most exciting advancements in IR is the treatment of a wide variety of aortic disorders including aortic root, thoracic and abdominal aneurysms, acute and chronic dissections, and aortic occlusive disease.


Vascular procedures

  • Peripheral arterial intervention for acute or chronic peripheral vascular disease, including hybrid surgical procedures.
  • Peripheral aneurysm therapy, including a multidisciplinary approach with cardiothoracic and vascular surgery for treatment of acute and chronic thoracic, abdominal, and iliac aneurysm disease; treatment of aneurysm complications including endoleaks; treatment of aortic dissection and their complications, and other acute aortic syndromes.
  • Peripheral ischemic disease, including perutaneous aneurysm repair, angioplasty, stent placement, stent graft placement, thrombolysis, recannalization of occluded vessels, dissection fenestrations, combined hybrid procedures with vascular surgery.
  • Thromboembolic disease including treatment of acute or chronic venous or pulmonary arterial occlusion with mechanical or pharmacological approaches.



School of Medicine - Interventional Radiology