The ever-expanding Interventional Radiology Department provides an exciting training opportunity for the residency program. Residents play a vital role in the functioning of the service and have the opportunity to become familiar with and perform a vast array of interventional procedures. Resident education is integrated into the daily activities with extensive one-on-one training with our staff. Residents will become proficient in patient workup and treatment planning as well as extensive hands on experience.
Routine procedures and treated diseases include:
- Aneurysm repair
- Intra-arterial thrombolysis
- Liver tumors
- Nephrostomy tube placement
- Percutaneous needle biopsies
- Peritoneal drainage catheters
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Stent placement
- Urological interventions
- Uterine fibroid
- Venous Access
- Traumatic interventions
Because MetroHealth is the Cleveland area’s only Level I trauma center, residents are exposed to and directly participate in emergent life-saving procedures including endovascular solid organ embolization and vascular repair.
Interventional radiology's biopsy service performs all biopsies and drainages within the hospital utilizing a multimodality approach including US, CT, and Fluoroscopy. This allows the resident extensive repetition with multiple modalities which serves to solidify skill and knowledge. In addition, weekly resident and fellow rounds serve as a platform for literature review and case discussion. Noninvasive vascular diagnostic skills are formed and maintained by daily interpretation of CTA and MRA studies with IR staff. Our vascular studies are performed on a 256-slice CT scanner and a 3.0 T MRI which provide excellent spatial and temporal resolution.
The Interventional department houses two GE interventional suites and adjoining control room. In addition, a new Phillips biplane interventional suite has been installed for the Neurointerventional service. The new facilities include an independent IR clinic as well as a dedicated reading room. This allows for state of the art training for our residents.
For these reasons, the Interventional service continues to be a major strength of the residency program which provides unparalleled training for our residents.