Interventional Radiology

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The UCSD Division of Interventional radiology (also known as IR) provides the full spectrum of minimally invasive, image-guided treatments of medical conditions that once required open surgery. By utilizing advanced imaging technology (X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans, MRI scans and other innovative methods), our interventional radiologists can see inside your body and treat complex conditions— including cancer and vascular disease — with unprecedented accuracy and faster recovery

Prostate Artery Embolization

Many men develop an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), as they age. The symptoms associated with BPH include sudden urge to urinate, frequent urination, incomplete emptying, and weak stream. Traditional surgeries and treatments for BPH are effective but may be associated with side-effects, hospitalization, and painful recovery. In contrast, prostate artery embolization (PAE) provides a minimally invasive treatment alternative to patients with symptoms of BPH.

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Areas of specialization

Patients with pelvic congestion syndrome, pelvic pain caused by ovarian vein reflux, can be treated with embolization of the ovarian veins, and when necessary, the internal iliac veins. Patients with varicocles (testicular vein reflux) are also treated minimally invasively with embolization on an outpatient basis. Other venous problems such as superior vena cava syndrome, May-Thurner syndrome, or extensive deep venous thrombosis can also be treated with minimally invasive interventional radiology techniques.
We offer non-surgical embolotherapy for treatment of the arterial-venous shunts which are characteristic of HHT and are a referral center for patients with this condition.
The UCSD Interventional Radiology service has extensive experience in the placement and the removal of filters in the inferior vena cava.
Our physicians offer expert treatment for patients with arterial-venous malformations involving a variety of body areas. Depending on the patient's anatomy and the type of malformation, embolization, sclerotherapy, or other minimally invasive therapies may be appropriate. Our physicians will see the patient and obtain appropriate imaging to determine the optimal approach.
Our physicians have notable expertise in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. We are happy to evaluate patients in the clinic, order appropriate studies to determine the extent of disease, treatment, and then follow patients, as appropriate.

Interventional Radiology  Faculty

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Friend, Christopher MDHS Associate Clinical Professor Radiologycfriend@ucsd.edu
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Meisinger, Quinn C. MDHS Assistant Clinical Professor Radiologyqmeisinger@ucsd.edu
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Minocha, Jeet MDHS Associate Clinical Professor, Division Chief Radiologyjminocha@ucsd.edu
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Newton, Isabel MDHS Associate Clinical Professor Radiologyinewton@ucsd.edu
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Roberts, Anne MDHS Associate Clinical Professor Radiologyaroberts@ucsd.edu
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Rose, Steven MDHS Clinical Professor Radiologyscrose@ucsd.edu
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Taddonio, Michael MDHS Assistant Clinical Professor Radiologymtaddonio@ucsd.edu