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  • About Vascular and Interventional Radiology

  • VIR Suite

    An angiogram is an x-ray picture of your blood vessels obtained by injecting contrast or "dye" into the vessel using a catheter. The catheter is introduced into the artery by needle access with local anesthesia, usually in the upper leg.

    There are many types of angiograms. Depending on your problem, we may be looking at the blood vessels in your legs, abdomen, chest, neck, head, or arms. Regardless of the actual vessels being studied, most angiograms are performed in a similar fashion.

    Procedures performed in the department include:

    • Uterine artery embolization for fibroids
    • "Stentgraft" repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms
    • Renal arteriography (study of the blood vessels to the kidneys) and angioplasty or stent placement
    • Diagnostic arteriography of lower extremities (legs) and angioplasty or stent placement
    • Diagnostic carotid arteriography (arteries in the neck that supply the brain)
    • Diagnostic and therapeutic cerebral arteriography (arteries in the brain)
    • Diagnostic arteriography of lower extremities (legs)
    • Implantable port placement
    • Percutaneous placement of gastric and jejunal feeding tubes

    For more information about the field of interventional radiology and the services offered, please visit the Web site of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology at

    For more information about vascular and interventional radiology at Rhode Island Hospital, call 401-444-5194 or e-mail