Vascular and Interventional Radiologists use imaging, like X-rays, to see inside a patient’s body, pinpoint where the problem is and map out how to get there without a surgical operation. These highly skilled physicians use a very small nick in the skin to guide catheters or other instruments through the vascular system, urinary tract, or gastrointestinal tract, in a minimally invasive manner to treat disease directly at the source, or to take tissue samples for analysis.
What are the advantages of Interventional Radiologic (IR) procedures?
While no treatment is risk free, the risks of IR procedures can be far lower than the risks of open surgery.
The specific advantages are:
• No large incisions; usually performed through a small nick the size of the lead tip of a pencil.
• Since there is no open surgery, there are no large scars following the procedures.
• Minimally invasive procedures have a lower risk of complications than open surgical procedures.
• Many procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or via short hospital stay.
• Patients rarely require general anesthesia; typically sedation and pain medication are given to make the patient comfortable during the IR procedure.
• Recovery time is often significantly reduced.
How is the VIR service unique at Westchester Medical Center?
Westchester Medical Center has the largest and the most advanced vascular interventional radiology service in the Hudson Valley. Our VIR service is staffed by a team of highly qualified, dedicated nurses and technologists that provide outstanding care to our patients before, during and immediately after procedures. Experienced Radiology Physician Assistants provide clinical support to our Vascular and Interventional Radiologists. Our newly renovated IR suite features state-of-the-art equipment and procedure rooms, and a 6 bed holding area, all combined in a patient-friendly environment. Our IR team is available 24 hours-aday,365 days-a-year to provide the most advanced interventional services including emergent Trauma support for the Hudson Valley.
What to expect during an IR procedure at WMC?
Patients are required to have current lab tests,
as per IR specifications. After patient arrival
in the IR Unit, an Interventional Radiologist or
a Physician Assistant will come to speak
with the patient, discuss the procedure,
answer any questions the patient may have and
obtain the patient’s permission for the procedure.
The patient will then be prepped for the exam and
taken to the IR suite for the procedure.
Following the procedure, the patient will return
to the nursing area for recovery. The time
for recovery varies based on the procedure.
The patient is then discharged from IR Unit.
The following are some of the procedures routinely performed by VIR:
Uterine fibroid embolization, a non-operative treatment of women with fibroids.
Varicocele embolization, a non-operative treatment of varicocele.
Treatment of tumors, by chemoembolization (injection of therapeutic agents directly into the blood vessel supplying the tumor) and by percutaneous ablation (such as destroying the tumor with microwave probe).
Complete hemodialysis access service, with declotting and repairing grafts, and veins, in order to prolong the functional life of accesses.
Placement and maintenance of short- and long-term catheters and ports into the venous system for injection of medications, intravascular nutrition and hemodialysis.
Liver biopsy, percutaneous and via the jugular vein to decrease the risk of bleeding in patients with poor clotting.
Percutaneous needle biopsies of the neck, thyroid,chest, lungs, abdominal organs, bones and soft tissues.
Vena Cava Filter placement (to prevent traveling of life-threatening blood clots to the lungs–pulmonary embolism) and retrieval of the device when it is no longer needed.
Porto-systemic shunting (TIPS), for treatment of patients with complications (e.g., ascites or varicealbleeding) of chronic liver disease.
The Central Scheduling Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Scheduling Your Appointment
When calling our scheduling department, a friendly voice will greet you and ask for some information to schedule your examination. If possible, please have the following information available:
General information: name, address, telephone number with area code, Social Security number, driver's License number
The prescription from the doctor describing the type of examination to be performed.
What type of insurance you have.
If the examination you are having requires a pre-certification or pre-authorization number, please give that number to the scheduler. If you are not sure whether or not your particular insurance provider requires a pre-certification or pre-authorization, please call your insurance benefits coordinator who should be able to help you.
Specific information: You may be required to give more detailed information about your examination such as if you have any allergies, if you take certain kinds of medication or, in the case of an MRI examination, if you have a pacemaker or any metallic objects inside your body.
Please notify the scheduling staff if you have had any previous examinations at the Advanced Imaging Center or Westchester Medical Center.
Westchester Medical Center Advanced Imaging
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 1000
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
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The Advanced Imaging Center hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are available for MRI services.
From Tappan Zee Bridge
One mile after tolls, stay to the left for Exit 8 (287 East to White Plains -- New England)
Get off at Exit 4 Hartsdale. At the stop sign, make a left. Make next left -- 287 West (to Tappan Zee Bridge).
Get off at Exit 3 (Sprain Brook Parkway). Stay on the left -- Parkway North.
Get off at second exit on the Sprain Parkway marked (Medical Center). At the stop sign, make a right. At the traffic light, make a right onto Bradhurst Avenue, then make a right into the entrance of the Medical Arts Atrium Building.
Westchester Medical Imaging Services is in the Medical Arts Atrium Building, Suite 1000. Once inside the building, go to the right toward the elevators, then go to your left. Straight ahead will be the entrance to Westchester Medical Imaging Services.
From Connecticut/New England Thruway I-95
Get off at Exit 21 -- 287 West (to Tappan Zee Bridge). Continue on 287 to Exit 3 (Sprain Brook Parkway).
Then, follow above directions.
From Northern Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess Counties
Take the Taconic Parkway, South, to Sprain Brook Parkway.
Get off at the second exit (right after the police barracks), Route 100, Hawthorne. At the end of the exit ramp, bear right onto Route 100 (which is also Bradhurst Avenue).
Westchester Medical Imaging Services is located at 19 Bradhurst Avenue, in the Medical Arts Atrium Building (which is past the first traffic light). Make a right into the entrance of the Medical Arts Atrium Building. Once inside the building, go to the right toward the elevators, then go to your left. Straight ahead will be the entrance to Westchester Medical Imaging Services.