Interventional Radiology Program

Interventional Radiology provides minimally invasive, image-guided procedures for your patient’s diagnosis and treatment. In general, these procedures are more comfortable, have shorter recovery periods and have fewer risks and complications when compared to open surgical procedures. These procedures rarely require general anesthesia and can typically be done in an outpatient setting. 

Moffitt’s Interventional Radiology team is made up of board certified physicians, advanced practice professionals, nurses, technologists and specialized staff who are experts in vascular and interventional oncologic procedures that focus on palliative and curative treatments for patients. 

The multispecialty team in the Interventional Radiology Program can offer your patients a wide variety of comprehensive services related to care for multiple types of cancer which include the following:

  • Image-guided interventions
  • Vascular interventions
  • Non-vascular interventions
  • Clinical and related nonprocedural activities
  • Outpatient and inpatient consultation
  • Participation in clinical trials

Vascular Diagnosis: 

  • Arteriography (head and neck, visceral, extremities, etc.)
  • Venography (central and peripheral)
  • Dialysis access evaluations

Vascular Interventions:

  • Venous access (placement of port-a-cath, tunneled and non-tunneled lines, PICC, etc.)
  • IVC filter placement and retrieval
  • Thrombolysis of arterial and venous thrombosis
  • Peripheral, central, and visceral arterial and venous angioplasty and stenting
  • Embolectomy of acute pulmonary embolism
  • Dialysis access interventions
  • Embolization of acute bleeding
  • Tumor embolization (chemoembolization, radioembolization, bland embolization)
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Pre-surgical embolization of tumors
  • Embolization of pulmonary and peripheral vascular malformations
  • Gonadal vein embolization
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation and revision
  • Balloon occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration of gastric varices (BRTO)
  • Thoracic duct embolization 

Image Guided Non-Vascular Interventions: 

  • Biopsy
  • Abscess drainage & tube evaluations
  • Paracentesis, thoracentesis
  • Chest tube placement
  • Tunneled pleural or intraperitoneal catheter placement for chronic drainage
  • Pleurodesis
  • Gastrostomy and gastrojejunostomy tube placement and exchanges
  • Biliary interventions: percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram (PTC), biliary drainage (external and/or internal), biliary angioplasty and stent placement, cholecystostomy tube placement, biliary tube exchanges, etc.
  • Genitourinary interventions (pyelograms, nephrostomy, nephroureterostomy, ureteral stent placement, ureteral balloon dilation, ureteral stent evaluations and exchanges, etc.)
  • Aspiration, drainage of sterile collections (cysts, seromas, lymphoceles, etc.)
  • Sclerotherapy of cysts, lymphocles, etc.
  • Enteric balloon dilation and stent placement (esophageal, duodenal, colonic, etc.)
  • Percutaneous tumor ablation (radiofrequency, microwave, cryoablation, ethanol, irreversible electroporation)
  • Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty
  • Ablation of painful osseous metastases
  • Pain management (epidural, nerve and facet block injection, etc.)
  • Lumbar puncture with or without intrathecal chemotherapy infusion
  • Epidural blood patch