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Vascular and Interventional Radiology at NYU Medical Center

Hearns Charles, M.D., Fellowship Director and Interim Section Chief


Cholangioscopy, using x-rays and endoscopy to remove biliary stones
without surgery

Interventional radiology is a medical field that combines tiny specialized instruments and devices with systems that form images of the body, to enable doctors to perform image-guided procedures. These minimally-invasive procedures treat a wide variety of medical conditions that in the past would have required open surgery to perform.

Interventional radiology first evolved in the 1960s, when angioplasty procedures were developed to treat blockages in arteries as an alternative to open surgical bypass. Since then, the ability of interventional radiology techniques to treat an ever-expanding list of conditions continues to grow. Interventional radiology is now used to treat blockages inside arteries and veins, to block off blood vessels that nourish tumors, destroy malignant tumors using focused heat and freezing, drain blocked organ systems such as the liver, gallbladder and kidney, and and perform biopsies that would otherwise require surgical exploration.

Many interventional techniques and devices currently used around the world were pioneered at NYU, including instrumentation used in angioplasty and stenting, endovascular grafting for abdominal aneurysm repair, and advanced embolization techniques used to treat many benign and malignant conditions. At NYU, a strong emphasis is placed on a team approach between various medical and surgical specialists to provide the least invasive and most effective treatment for any given problem. While we offer the most advanced technology, the comfort and well-being of the individual patient always comes first.