Interventional radiology uses imaging technology such as ultrasounds, CT Scans and X-ray fluoroscopy to precisely target various treatments. It is minimally invasive and an alternative procedure to laparoscopic or more traditional surgery. The physician in these procedures is guided by imaging technology and uses catheter tubes and wires to navigate around the body to treat many conditions including:
- Blocked arteries or veins
- Bleeding of arteries or veins
- Blood clots
- Dilated (varicose) veins
- Kidney and gall stones
- Uterine fibroids
Uterine Fibroid Embolization can be an alternative to hysterectomy for fibroid treatment.
Interventional radiologists are educated in radiology and interventional therapy and they are rare specialists in medicine.
Dr. John Hamide is the Interventional Radiologist practicing at St. Bernard Parish Hospital. His specialties include: internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, radiology and vascular and interventional radiology.