UAB Medicine

Interventional Radiology Overview

Interventional Radiology is a specialty within radiology that has become an integral part of comprehensive patient care, providing less invasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of a range of health problems. The field has rapidly evolved over the past 25 years to include the management of tumors and to provide therapeutic options to patients too debilitated to undergo more traditional surgical procedures for a range of diseases.

Members of the Interventional Radiology team are highly skilled and provide advanced techniques for interventional treatment of variety of diseases. They are committed to providing the highest quality patient care as well as education programs for their patients and for the community. Our group is also dedicated to provide a superior environment for education as well as cutting edge research through numerous research trials.

Interventional Radiology provides treatment for many conditions including:

  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Liver Tumors
  • Kidney Tumors
  • Other Benign and Malignant tumors (cancer)
  • Painful Bone Metastasis
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Uterine Fibroids  
  • Varicoceles and Male Infertility
  • Cancer Related Pain
  • Pelvic Congestion and other related diseases
  • Biliary Diseases
  • Urologic Diseases
  • End-stage Renal Disease requiring Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Swallowing disorders (Gastrostomy and Gastrojejunostomy)
  • Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Osteoporosis
  • Back pain
  • Abscesses and other collections
  • Pulmonary Embolism


Interventional Radiology offers a full spectrum of procedures, often performed on an outpatient basis, including:

  • Angiography (including CT angiography), Angioplasty and Stenting
  •  Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE)  
  • Radioembolization of Liver Tumors
  •  Ablation of Kidney Tumors  
  •  Ablation of Liver Tumors  
  • Ablation of Spine and Other Bone Tumors
  • Biliary Interventions including PTC, PTD, Plastic Stents, and Stone Removal
  • Central Venous Access Catheter Placement and Management
  • Dialysis-related Interventions including Fistulogram and Declot of Dialysis Graft
  • Gastrostomy and Gastrojejunostomy
  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement & Removal
  • Spine Augmentations including Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty 
  • Percutaneous Disc Ablation
  • Facet blocks and ablations
  • Urologic Interventions including Nephrostomy, Nephroureterostomy, and Ureteral Stent Placement & Retrieval
  • Percutaneous Abscess Drainage
  • Venous Interventions including Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Arterial and Venous Thrombolysis 
  • Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts (TIPS)
  • Embolization of upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeds
  • Uterine Fibroid embolization
  • Ovarian Vein and Varicocele Embolization
  • Ablation of Lung Tumors
  • Sacroiliac joint injection and ablation
  • Injections and ablations for cancer related pain (celiac plexus blocks etc.)

These procedures are often performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, are well tolerated by the patients, and usually done on outpatient basis.