Information for Patients & Providers

Most people (medical and non-medical) are clueless about what is going to happen, or how it will happen, when they order or arrive for a procedure in IR. Despite attempts during the consent process, it is sometimes difficult to explain these procedures with words alone. One thing well proven to increase understanding of complex topics is pictorial representation. This page includes schematic representations of various procedures performed in IR. The goal is to let people see things in hopes that it will help them understand and know what to expect.

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Liver Biopsy

Liver Biopsy

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In patients who have underlying liver diseases histological examination of the liver tissue is needed which could play an important role in the diagnosis, prognosis, staging, and management. This tissue is obtained by performing a biopsy of the liver. There are various reasons to obtain a sample of liver tissue. Few of the common indications […]

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Paracentesis

Paracentesis

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Ascites: Accumulation of abnormal amount of fluid in the abdominal cavity is defined as ascites.   The most common cause for ascites is cirrhosis of the liver. Other conditions such as heart failure, kidney failure, infection or cancer can also cause ascites. Symptoms: Swelling in the abdomen Weight gain Bloating Nausea/indigestion Shortness of breath, etc. […]

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Chest Tubes

Chest Tubes

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CHEST TUBES The lungs are located in the thorax on either side of the heart and covered by a thin membrane called pleura. There are two layers to the pleura, and normally there is a trace amount of fluid in between the layers to allow efficient and effortless respiration. A pleural effusion is defined as […]

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Thoracentesis

Thoracentesis

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Excess of fluid surrounding the lungs in between the layers of the pleura is called pleural effusion. Pleura is a protective layer covering the lungs. The pleura is a double membrane that is a large, thin sheet of tissue that wraps around the lung’s exterior and lines the inside of the chest cavity. There is […]

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Vascular Access

Vascular Access

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The goal of vascular access devices is to find the best way to administer the therapies required to help the patient recover while doing the least amount of damage to the patient’s vascular system. Veins:    In order of preference, the veins which are commonly accessed are: Internal Jugular vein External Jugular vein Collateral vein […]

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