Hospital Practice

Hospital Practice: Interventional Radiology

With our expert knowledge comes expert care—and that means ensuring your complete understanding of and comfort with any procedure that may require going a bit deeper inside the body. Whether undergoing catheter angiography, angioplasty, stent placement or another procedure requiring a hospital setting, you can count on RCI’s compassion and expertise.

Today, many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery. These procedures can usually be performed on an outpatient basis, though in some cases, overnight admission after the procedure is recommended.

Frequently performed invasive procedures include:

  • Catheter angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Stent placement
  • CT-guided needle biopsy
  • Fluoroscopy-guided needle biopsy
  • Ultrasound-guided needle biopsy
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • IVC filter placement/removal
  • Treatment of chronic venous occlusive disease
  • Catheter-directed arterial and venous thrombolysis (dissolving clots in vessels)
  • Percutaneous abscess drainage (tube drainage of deep infections)
  • Nephrostomy and ureteral stent placement (drainage of obstructed kidneys)
  • Biliary drainage and stent placement (drainage of obstructed bile ducts)
  • Percutaneous cholecystostomy (drainage of obstructed gallbladders)
  • Venous access procedures (PICC lines, tunneled catheters and ports)
  • Percutaneous feeding tube placement (gastrostomy and gastrojejunostomy)
  • Dialysis access declotting
  • TIPS (Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt)
  • Vertebroplasty (cement injection into spinal compression fractures for pain relief)
  • Image-guided thoracentesis and paracentesis (drainage of chest or abdominal fluid)
  • Varicocele embolization in men and ovarian vein embolization in women
  • Fallopian tube recanalization
  • Interventional oncology procedures to include tumor embolization and thermal ablation of tumors
  • Emergent treatment for refractory GI bleeding, epistaxis, hemoptysis and traumatic hemorrhage

Non-invasive procedures are also available at both Cedar Rapids’ hospitals.

All of our interventional radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology with Certificates of Advanced Qualification (CAQs) in vascular and interventional radiology. They are members of the Society for Interventional Radiology (SIR).

For more information on interventional radiology procedures, visit
RCI is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Contact RCI

RCI Imaging Center
1948 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Hours: Monday – Friday,
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 319-364-0121
Toll Free: 800-747-0121
Fax: 319-364-5684

Vein & Interventional Clinic
1948 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Hours: Monday – Friday,
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 319-261-0636
Toll Free: 800-747-0121
Fax: 319-364-5684

For billing and
insurance questions:

RCI Business Services
1956 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Hours: Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone: 319-832-1735
Toll Free: 800-747-9729
Fax: 319-832-1747

mailing address:

Radiology Consultants of Iowa
PO Box 338
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406