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The Vascular and Interventional Radiology Section offers advanced minimally invasive image guided diagnostic and therapeutic care for a wide variety of vascular and nonvascular conditions pertaining to the chest, abdomen and extremeties.

Specialized Procedures

The following procedures are performed at Hartford Hospital
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Arterial Disease

Venous Disease

  • Image-guided Vena Cava Filter Placement
  • Recanalization/Reconstruction for Upper Extremity, Caval and Lower Extremity Veno Occlusive Disease 
  • Sclerotherapy/Ablation

GI Services

  • Management of Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Management of Portal Bleeding
    (Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt known as TIPS, Transhepatic Variceal Sclerosis/Embolization)
  • Percutaneous Image-Guided Access to Biliary Tree
    (cholangiography, biliary drainage, duct biopsy, recanalization, antegrade endoscopy, manometry, percutaneous cholecystostomy)
  • GI Tract
    (Gastrostomy, primary and conversion gastrojejunostomy, jejunostomy, cecostomy, esophageal and colonic stent placement)
  • Abscess Drainage/Management (fistulography)
  • Transjugular liver biopsy

Oncologic Services

  • Selective internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT)
    For patients with inoperable liver cancer
  • Vascular access (tunneled catheter, chest and arm ports) 
  • Transarterial Localized Tumor Therapy (chemotherapy, brachytherapy)
    For hepatic, ENT and pelvic malignancy
  • Image Guided Percutaneous Tumor Ablation (cryoablation, radiofrequency ablation)
  • Management of pleural effusion and ascites

GU/Nephrology Services

  • Ischemic nephropathy-recanalization of the renal arteries
  • Dialysis Services
    • Image-Guided Transjugular and Translumbar Catheter Placement and Exchange
    • Recanalization and Management of Native Prosthetic Dialysis Access Conduits (declot, angioplasty, stent)
  • Hemodialysis Port Placement
  • Nephrostomy, Nephroureteral Catheterization and Exchange
  • Paracentesis



  • Image-Guided Tube Thoracostomy for Localized Collections
  • Pleurodesis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Pulmonary Arteriography/Pulmonary Thrombolytic Therapy
  • Bronchial Arteriography and Embolization

Muskuloskeletal Disease



Preparing for Interventional Radiology Exams

If conscious/IV sedation is required to complete the procedure, pre-procedure diet instructions vary by the patient's age. 
Patient Instructions for Pre-Operative Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE)
For all Patients:
  • Our nurses will contact you prior to your procedure to review your medical information and to give you instructions for arrival and preparation. If you have questions you can contact Radiology Nursing at (860) 972-3292.
To avoid delay or rescheduling of a procedure:
  • Let a technologist know if you have had previous contrast/reactions allergies.
  • Patient should consult with their physician about when to stop Coumadin prior to procedure.
  • Most interventional procedures require laboratory work and placement of an IV in a hand or arm prior to procedure for the administration of fluids and other medications (most frequently antibiotics and / or sedatives) during the procedure.
  • The length of time involved in interventional procedures varies. Patients, who receive pain medication or sedation, should plan for a 6 to 8 hour hospital stay. Occasionally, patients are kept overnight. Such patients must arrange for transportation home.
About Conscious / Intravenous Sedation
Sedation may be necessary in some circumstances to help a patient complete an imaging examination or interventional procedure. Sedation, administered by intravenous (IV) injection, is used to relieve patient discomfort, emotional tension and to achieve the patient's cooperation with the study or treatment.

The type and level of IV sedation selected by the radiologist will vary depending on the patient's age and the type of exam or procedure being performed. Under sedation, patient consciousness is maintained. Patients retain the ability to breathe on their own and respond to instruction, but they may not remember the experience.

Intravenous sedation is administered by a registered nurse under the direction and supervision of the radiologist.

Before the Procedure
Our nurses will contact you prior to your procedure to review your medical information and to give you instructions for arrival and preparation. If you have questions you can contact Radiology Nursing at (860) 972-3292.

After the Procedure
Interventional radiologists along with the radiology nurses will advise you of your discharge instruction based on your particular procedure.

For More Information

For more information please call the Interventional Radiology Section at (860) 972-2360 or Radiology Nursing at (860) 972-3292.