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Customized Diagnosis and Treatment

Penn Interventional Radiology is a national leader in research, education and patient care. Our renowned program is one of the largest in the country and provides services at a variety of locations throughout the Philadelphia area.

Procedures and Services

The Future of Minimally Invasive Care

Interventional radiology (IR) is a field of medicine that utilizes the most advanced technology available to perform image-guided procedures to treat a wide variety of diseases throughout the body.

Conditions treated include:

  • Acute and chronic deep vein thrombosis
  • Cancer (liver, kidney, bone and lung) 
  • Diseases of the lymphatic system
  • Endoleaks from abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Hemodialysis access dysfunction
  • Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)/Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs)
  • Peripheral arterial disease/critical limb ischemia (CLI)
  • Vascular malformations/varicose and spider veins
  • Women's health conditions (eg. uterine fibroids, pelvic congestion syndrome)
  • Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter problems

Interventional radiology treatments minimize risk, require smaller incisions and are generally performed with sedation rather than general anesthesia. Many conditions that previously required traditional open surgery can now be treated with small catheters or other devices guided by radiologic imaging; often a less costly procedure that allows for a faster recovery.

Convenient Access to Cutting-Edge Expertise

As one of the oldest and largest IR programs in the United States, we are committed to offering our patients personalized and compassionate care at a variety of locations throughout the Philadelphia area.

In addition to the over 12,000 procedures we perform annually, Penn Interventional Radiology has an inpatient admitting service, inpatient consult service and daily outpatient consultation and follow-up clinic.

Penn Interventional Radiology Programs and Services


Chemoembolization is used to treat liver cancer. Read more about chemoembolization and the Penn Interventional Radiology team.

Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment

A blood clot that forms in a deep vein of the legs or arm (deep vein thrombosis) can be painful and life-threatening. Medication or minimally invasive procedures offered at Penn Medicine can help to remove or dissolve blockage and reduce further complications.

Hemodialysis Access Management

Hemodialysis is a procedure that withdraws blood from the body into a machine that uses a special membrane (dialyzer) to filter wastes and remove extra fluid from the blood.

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) is a genetic disorder that affects about one in 5,000 people and causes arterial blood to flow directly into the veins, creating weakened ballooned vessels that can rupture.

IVC Filter Removal

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters trap dangerous blood clots before they reach the lungs. Normally removed when no longer needed, IVC filters can also become embedded in the vein and require a special retrieval procedure pioneered at Penn Medicine.

Lymphatic Disorders

Penn Interventional Radiology is a world leader in treating lymphatic flow disorders and conditions of the lymphatic system.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatment

We use minimally invasive procedures to treat Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a common condition caused by obstructions in arteries that carry blood to your legs or arms.

Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

Penn Interventional Radiology treats enlarged prostate with minimally invasive techniques using advanced imaging technology to ensure the best possible outcomes with reduced risks.

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts (TIPS)

The transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) acts like a surgical shunt in diverting blood away from the congested portal vein into the main venous system, but it is minimally invasive (not major) surgery.

Tumor Ablation

Tumor ablation is the application of heat, intense cold, or ethanol to destroy cancer cells and tumors. Read more about tumor ablation at Penn Interventional Radiology.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine fibroid embolization, also called uterine artery embolization (UAE), is a minimally invasive treatment for uterine fibroids performed by an Interventional Radiologist.

Varicocele Embolization

Varicoceles may be treated surgically by a urologist (varicocelectomy) or by a minimally invasive method (varicocele embolization) by an Interventional Radiologist.

Varicose Veins Treatment

Today the standard of care in the treatment of varicose veins involves a laser and/or radiofrequency ablation. Read about varicose vein treatment at Penn Interventional Radiology.
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