Vanderbilt Radiology Services / Interventional Procedures

Interventional Procedures

Interventional radiology and interventional oncology procedures are used to diagnose or treat many types of diseases. They involve imaging and minimally invasive procedures. In some cases, they can reduce the need for surgery.

Interventional radiology procedure

Preparing for an Interventional Radiology or Oncology Procedure

A nurse will call you with instructions on how to prepare. Be sure to tell the nurse and your healthcare provider what medicines you take (especially Coumadin or other blood thinners and insulin). You will be given specific instructions on how to take your medicines before the procedure.

Arriving for Your Appointment

The nurse will tell you when to arrive for your procedure.

What Happens During an Interventional Radiology or Oncology Procedure?

Every interventional procedure is different. A nurse will tell you what to expect for your procedure.

Depending on the kind of procedure, you may:

  • not receive any sedation
  • receive some medicines that will relax you during the procedure
  • meet with the anesthesia team

What Happens After the Procedure?

You will need to stay in the recovery room or hospital room until you have recovered. You may need to stay for a few hours or overnight. You will be given instructions to follow after you are discharged.