The new state-of-the-art angiography suite at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) provides comprehensive vascular imaging for diagnostic and interventional procedures and is designed for optimal patient safety and comfort.
Vascular and interventional radiography is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. Ultrasound and x-ray equipment is used to capture images to assist in the precise location or placement of instruments and medical devices for each procedure.
Most of the procedures are done on an outpatient basis and are performed through an incision in the skin that measures less than a quarter inch in diameter.This offers an alternative to the surgical treatment of many conditions and, in some cases, can eliminate the need for hospitalization.
The procedures are performed by a highly skilled and experienced interventional radiologist, with the assistance of medical radiation technologists and specially trained nurses.
Our Angiography and Interventional Department provides a wide range of high-quality services including:
Vascular procedures (General Campus only)
- Non-cardiac Angiogram
- Balloon angioplasty/stenting
- Endovascular aneurysm repair or endovascular aortic repair (EVAR)
- Inferior vena cava(IVC) Filter Insertion
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)
Non – vascular Procedures (both campuses)
- Abscess drainage
- Drainage, including paracentesis, thoracentesis/chest tubes
- Feeding tubes
- Percutaneous nephrostomy
- Biliary intervention
- Vertebroplasty (General Campus only)
Can I drive after the exam?
Patients undergoing interventional procedures (i.e. angiogram,nephrostomy, biopsy, etc) frequently are given medication that may make them drowsy. Patients will be discharged only to a responsible adult who can drive them home after the procedure/recovery period.
Can I go back to work?
Post-procedure requirements vary depending on the procedure, many of which will affect your return to work date and/or any work related restrictions . You will be given clear after-care instructions from our radiologists, nurses and technologists who are happy to also answer any questions or address any concerns.
Will you put me to sleep or give me a sedative?
Many of the vascular/interventional radiology procedures will be performed after the patient receives some sedation and/or medications to control pain. A post-procedure recovery period is necessary to ensure patients are stable prior to being discharged.