Interventional Radiology (Angio)

IR Procedure Room

Interventional Radiology is a specialty that utilizes real-time imaging to perform minimally invasive procedures.  Interventional Radiologists are trained Doctors who specialize in these targeted treatments.  The procedures are used to diagnose and treat diseases and can replace traditional surgical techniques.   It is generally easier for the patient because these procedures involve less risk, less pain, and shorter recovery time.  Fluoroscopy (fluoro) is the term we use to describe the real-time video of X-rays most commonly used in this area.  Some people call us the “Angio” department because of the term Angiography.  Angiography refers to the visualization of arteries and blood vessels using contrast media (dye) and ionizing radiation (X-rays).  Angio is one out of many different procedures that we do.  Our vast range of procedures include exams such as tube insertions and changes, biopsies, PICC line (peripherally inserted central catheter) insertion, arthrograms, facet or joint injections, angioplasty, embolization and ablations (kidney or liver).

Diabetic Devices:  Diabetic devices including glucose sensors and insulin pumps can be damaged by X-rays, radiation and magnetic fields.  Glucose sensors and insulin pumps must be removed immediately prior to your test.  Insulin pumps may be restarted following the test.  Glucose sensors cannot be reinserted – you must use a new sensor following the test.  If you would prefer to reschedule your test, please let us know.  For any questions regarding your device, please contact the manufacturer of your device.

You will receive detailed information regarding your procedure when you get your booking. If you already have your booking and have further questions please contact the Interventional area at:

IR Fluro Room

University Hospital
Monday to Friday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
(519) 685 - 8500 ext. 35741

Victoria Hospital
Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
(519) 685 – 8500 ext. 54965

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