Using imaging technology not only to diagnose, but to treat tumors, cancer, fibroids and more

While the 20th century gave rise to advances in surgery, the 21st century stands to deliver a whole new approach to treating diseases from head to toe — often replacing the need for surgery altogether.

Minimally invasive image-guided procedures can be used to successfully treat cancer, blood clots, uterine fibroids, enlarged prostate and more. Specially trained doctors called vascular interventional radiologists perform these procedures with precision skill.

In a minimally invasive image-guided procedure, the doctor makes a pinhole-sized incision in the skin, wrist or groin. Then, using specialized X-ray, ultrasound or CT scanning equipment, the physician directs microscopic tools to the location of the disease and administers treatment at the source of the problem.

Once treated, the tools are removed and a Band-Aid® is applied. Treatment typically lasts 1-2 hours, and the patient goes home the same day. After 1-2 days, the patient can return to normal activities.

Minimally invasive image-guided procedures offer many advantages over surgery

  • No big incisions. Just a tiny opening in the wrist or leg.
  • Reduced bleeding, pain and scarring. 
  • Less stress on the body. Approach treats the disease, while sparing healthy tissue (e.g., fibroids without removing the uterus; kidney cancer without removing the kidney). 
  • Fewer side effects. Treatment, such as chemotherapy, is applied precisely to the diseased area, minimizing the effect on the rest of the body.
  • Shorter recovery times.
  • Outpatient convenience. Mild sedation and a local anesthetic are typically all that's needed to keep patients comfortable, minimizing the need for general anesthesia. 

What conditions do interventional radiologists treat? 

Interventional radiologists also assist with emergency and trauma care and surgeries.
They perform biopsies, stent placements, fine needle aspirations and more.
See our full list of services.

Why choose SLUCare Interventional Radiology?

Expertise. SLUCare interventional radiologists have received the highest level of training in their field and are teaching the next generation of physicians at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Personalized approach. In coordination with other specialists, our doctors carefully evaluate each patient and tailor care to that individual's unique needs.

Wrist-based procedures. Our doctors are the first in the area to use radial artery interventions — procedures performed through a tiny opening the wrist. This approach minimizes time in the recovery room following the procedure. Patients go home with a Band-Aid® on their wrist and can resume normal activities within a day or two.

Informed medicine. You can count on our specialists to discuss treatment options with you, so you can make informed decisions about your care.

Contact us

Wondering if a minimally invasive image-guided procedure could help you?
Call (314) 268-5558 to schedule a consultation.

Locations

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital [map]
3655 Vista Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 268-5558

Doctors Office Building [map]
3660 Vista Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 268-5558 

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital [map]
1465 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 425-3988 

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - St. Louis [map]
6420 Clayton Road
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
(314) 768-8249

SLUCare Physician Group [map]
6400 Clayton Road
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
(314) 977-6610