Interventional Radiology

Emerson physicians, nurses and technologists work together to provide highly skilled care and a supportive environment to our patients undergoing a wide variety of interventional radiology procedures including vascular studies, biopsies, catheter placements, uterine fibroid embolization, paracentesis and thoracentesis, IVC filter, epidural steroid injections and kyphoplasty.

Interventional radiology services are located at our Main Campus.

  • Preparing for Interventional Radiology

    • Your particular procedure may require special preparation, and a nurse from interventional radiology will contact you with specific instructions.
    • In general, patients can expect the following:
      • Check with your nurse regarding eating and drinking, taking prescribed medications, the need for a ride and the expected length of stay.
      • Bring a current list of all the medicines you take (both prescription and over-the-counter) including the dosage and frequency.
      • You may pre-register for your appointment once your procedure is scheduled. Please call 1-978-287-3062 to pre-register prior to the day of your appointment.
      • Please check in for your procedure at the Radiology front desk, located on the main level of the hospital. A receptionist will direct you to the location of your procedure.
  • What to Expect During the Procedure

    • Interventional radiology includes a wide variety of complex and highly technical procedures.
    • No matter what the reason for your procedure, you can expect board-certified physicians guiding your care. Our nursing staff is experienced in critical care and certified in basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support and pediatric advanced life support. Our technologists are also certified in basic life support and have specialized training that enables them to assist radiologists.
  • After the Procedure

    • Every procedure has unique after-care instructions. Please check with your nurse before or after your procedure.
    • In the event that sedation is needed during your procedure, someone must drive you home. You can leave the facility once you are awake and alert.
    • For some procedures you will know your results immediately. Biopsy results are usually available in three to five working days from your referring physician.
  • About Interventional Radiology

    Interventional radiologists guide small needles or catheters through the blood vessels to treat diseases through the skin, using x-rays, ultrasound and CT scans to follow the right path. This minimally invasive procedure is successful for treating bleeding from uterine fibroids, back pain from vertebral compression fractures or leg swelling from deep-vein thrombosis.

    Interventional radiology procedures usually require local anesthesia, and the recovery time is fairly short. Many procedures are done on an outpatient basis; however, each patient’s case is unique.

    Please discuss your case and any specific questions about your procedure with your physician.

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