Interventional Radiology | Keck Medicine of USC

Interventional Radiology

Pioneering Breakthrough Treatments

At the forefront of an emerging and promising frontier in their field, our experts are leading the charge to utilize a transradial vascular access approach to treat a variety of conditions minimally invasively. Using real-time imaging, the transradial vascular access approach allows physicians to guide a catheter through a radial artery in the patients left wrist to deliver particles to the intended target (typically a tumor) for embolization. Embolization is a procedure where the blood flow to the tumor is blocked which essentially shrinks the tumor.

This pioneering approach has recently been successfully implemented in the treatment of uterine fibroids. The transradial vascular access approach is an alternative to entering through the patient’s femoral artery in the groin area, which is painful, high-risk, and has a much higher probability of incurring complications and requires significant recovery time. The novel transradial approach and conventional approach via the groin are equally effective in treatment of the tumors or fibroids, but the minimally invasive transradial approach is much more comfortable for the patient and far less traumatic. The entire procedure is done via a tiny skin nick in the left wrist area. Small catheters are threaded from the wrist to the site of treatment. There are no incisions and at the end of the procedure a Band-Aid is placed at the skin entry site.

Unmatched Expertise

The team at Keck Medicine of USC is the first academic center in Southern California to offer this treatment for uterine fibroids. As the most comprehensive interventional radiology department in Los Angeles, our experts are highly trained and experienced in transradial approach. USC Interventional Radiology division is the only training center for the transradial interventions on the west coast of the United States of America. The future of interventional radiology is promising and our experts are looking into utilizing transradial approach to treat various conditions pertaining to the liver, kidneys, spine and benign prostate hypertrophy.

Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiologists diagnose and treat disease through the use of narrow tubes (catheters) and imaging, often eliminating the need for more complicated surgery.

The Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology offers full services in virtually every facet of vascular and interventional procedures, ranging from the evaluation of peripheral vascular disease and tumors, to thromobolytic therapy and balloon angioplasty, to vena cava filter.

USC Interventional Oncology and Minimally Invasive Therapies

As part of a multidisciplinary team approach in the treatment of cancer and cancer related disorders, interventional oncology is the 4th arm of cancer therapies, including medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology. Using image-guided, minimally-invasive surgery in combination with the most advanced diagnostic and molecular imaging techniques, we specialize in both minimal and non-invasive therapies resulting in shorter recovery times, which means decreased hospital stays and even outpatient procedures.

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Last modified: February 12, 2019