Interventional Radiology Clinic
Many conditions that once required surgery now can be treated by interventional radiology instead. Board-certified interventional radiologists at the UCSF Interventional Radiology Clinic are leaders in this field, using X-rays and other types of images to perform minimally invasive procedures that target a range of health concerns.
Our expertise includes vascular techniques such as placing stents to open clogged arteries and embolization to block abnormal blood vessels. Interventional radiology is also used to manage kidney cancer, liver cancer, uterine fibroids and many other conditions.
Our Diagnostic Services
We offer the following interventional radiology procedures to aid in diagnosis:
- Barium enema
- Bone density screening
- Breast MRI
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- CT angiogram
- CT heart screening
- CT-guided interventional spine
- Diagnostic X-ray
- Fetal MRI
- Magnetic resonance angiogram
- MR enterogram
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- MR neurogram
- Nuclear medicine
- Positron emission tomography/CT
- Prostate exam
- Radiofrequency ablation for osteoid osteoma
- Upper gastrointestinal series and barium swallow
- Virtual colonoscopy
Our Treatment Services
With the guidance of X-rays, MRI or another imaging technique, interventional radiologists thread catheters – thin, flexible tubes – through tiny incisions in the skin, and then navigate networks of arteries to deliver treatments to precise sites.
While no treatment is risk-free, interventional radiology treatments offer greater safety, less pain and shorter recovery times compared with surgery. And most procedures can be performed without general anesthesia and with no overnight hospital stay, or only a short stay.
- Balloon angioplasty
- Biliary drainage and stenting
- Central venous access
- Gastrostomy tube
- Hemodialysis access maintenance
- Infection and abscess drainage
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Stent placement
- Thrombolysis (breaking apart blood clots)
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt
- Uterine artery embolization
- Uterine fibroid embolization
- Varicocele (enlarged testicle vein) embolization
- Vena cava filter
To obtain a copy of your radiology images and reports, please contact Medical Records.
Coronavirus updateFAQ Coronavirus and Cardiovascular Patients
Our providers are available for patient appointments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place order. Appointment options for new and current patients include:
- Video visits
- In-person visits at UCSF locations for urgent cardiovascular symptoms, diagnostic evaluation and urgent lab work. If you are having an emergency, call 911.
The health, safety and well-being of our patients remains our top priority. Accordingly, UCSF has infection prevention practices and protocols in place at all of our facilities.
MD, MPHInterventional radiologist
Robert K. Kerlan Jr.
K. Pallav Kolli
Evan Daniel Lehrman
R. Peter Lokken
MD, MPHInterventional radiologist
Andrew G. Taylor
MD, PhDInterventional radiologist
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