Interventional Radiology Clinic

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Many conditions that once required surgery now can be treated by interventional radiology instead. Board-certified interventional radiologists at the UCSF Interventional Radiology Clinic are leaders in this field, using X-rays and other types of images to perform minimally invasive procedures that target a range of health concerns.

Our expertise includes vascular techniques such as placing stents to open clogged arteries and embolization to block abnormal blood vessels. Interventional radiology is also used to manage kidney cancer, liver cancer, uterine fibroids and many other conditions.

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Our Diagnostic Services

We offer the following interventional radiology procedures to aid in diagnosis:

Our Treatment Services

With the guidance of X-rays, MRI or another imaging technique, interventional radiologists thread catheters – thin, flexible tubes – through tiny incisions in the skin, and then navigate networks of arteries to deliver treatments to precise sites.

While no treatment is risk-free, interventional radiology treatments offer greater safety, less pain and shorter recovery times compared with surgery. And most procedures can be performed without general anesthesia and with no overnight hospital stay, or only a short stay.

Treatments include:

  • Angiography
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Biliary drainage and stenting
  • Central venous access
  • Chemoembolization
  • Embolization
  • Gastrostomy tube
  • Hemodialysis access maintenance
  • Infection and abscess drainage
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Stent placement
  • Thrombolysis (breaking apart blood clots)
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt
  • Uterine artery embolization
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Varicocele (enlarged testicle vein) embolization
  • Vena cava filter

Images and Reports

A radiologist will review your images and write a report. When it’s finalized, the report will be available in MyChart, UCSF's secure online patient portal. You can also obtain copies of your medical images and reports by requesting them from the UCSF Imaging Library.

If you have questions about your results, please contact your referring doctor.

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    Pembrolizumab With Liver-Directed or Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy for Neuroendocrine T...

    The point estimate and 95% confidence interval of overall response rate will be obtained for each of the three liver-directed therapy groups (cryoablation, transarterial embolization(TAE) , radioembolization (RE)) separately. The ...


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    Randomized Embolization Trial for NeuroEndocrine Tumor Metastases To The Liver

    Hepatic progression-free interval (H-PFS)


    Decorative Caduceus

    Pomalidomide for the Treatment of Bleeding in HHT

    To determine efficacy of pomalidomide compared to placebo for the change in Epistaxis Severity Score in the placebo and pomalidomide-treated group. The responses to each of the questions are converted to give a normalized ESS sco...


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