Leading-Edge Minimally Invasive Treatments
Winchester Hospital's interventional radiology service is located at the hospital's main campus. Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of medical imaging in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance.
Winchester Hospital has a state-of-the-art Philips Integris Angiography suite. This suite has allowed us to routinely and safely perform minimally invasive procedures such as:
- Angiograms (study of arteries and veins)
- Angioplasty of arterial and venous stenosis (improving narrowing in a blood vessel with a balloon procedure)
- Stent placement in blood vessels to improve blood flow
- Fistulograms (study of a dialysis access)
- Dialysis access interventional procedures (improving blood flow, removing blood clots, balloon procedures on narrowed parts of the blood vessel)
- Organ and tissue biopsies using ultrasound, CT scan or x-ray guidance.
- Fluid aspiration
- Drainage of fluid collections, placement of drainage catheters in fluid collections
- Placement of central venous access devices: port a cath, PICC, dialysis access
- Thoracentesis (removing fluid from around the lung)
- Paracentesis (removing fluid from the abdominal cavity)
- Radiofrequency ablation of small tumors in the kidney, lung or liver
- Uterine artery embolization (treatment for uterine fibroids)
- Placement of nephrostomy catheters (placing a catheter in the kidney to provide drainage of urine)
- Emergent treatment for bleeding blood vessels
- Lumbar punctures
- Vertebral augmentation – kyphoplasty or verterboplasty (treatment of vertebral compression fractures)
The hospital also treats renal artery disease, offers arteriography and treatments for peripheral vascular disease, and provides dialysis graft treatments, needle biopsies and radiofrequency ablation.
Our Interventional Radiologists
Winchester Hospital’s interventional radiologists are board certified and fellowship trained doctors who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging guidance. They use their expertise in reading X-rays, ultrasound
and other diagnostic imaging to guide tiny instruments such as catheters through blood vessels or through the skin to treat diseases without surgery.
Their specialized training is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The radiologists are supported by a highly-skilled group of registered nurses, registered special procedure technologists and support staff who are focused on ensuring positive patient experiences.
How to Schedule an Exam
Interventional radiology procedures are performed at the Winchester Hospital Interventional Radiology Department, located at 41 Highland Avenue in Winchester. To schedule an exam, call our office at 781-756-7178. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Get directions
Most interventional radiology procedures are done on an outpatient basis. This means after a few hours, you may be able to go home. Observation time varies depending on the procedure, from a few hours to occasionally an overnight stay.
Paying for Your Procedure
Although Winchester Hospital accepts most major commercial insurance plans, Medicare, Medicaid and Worker’s Compensation, it is important to check with your carrier prior to your exam to determine coverage. If you do not have health insurance, we accept MasterCard or Visa, personal checks or cash. We also are willing to set up payment plans.
Getting Your Results
Your exam will be interpreted by a radiologist using our state-of-the-art picture archiving and communication system (PACS). The results will then be sent to your doctor. Your doctor, in turn, will review the results with you to determine the best course of treatment.
To get a copy of your images, you will need to pre-arrange their release by calling Winchester Hospital at 781-756-2353. A notice of 24 hours is preferred for most efficient customer service. Urgent requests will be honored, but there may be a 30- to 60-minute wait.
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