RCI Vein Clinic FAQs

RCI Vein Clinic
Frequently Asked Questions

Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least-invasive treatments available, coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-ray, ultrasound and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, such as in an artery, to treat the source of the disease internally.

As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Today, interventional oncology is a growing specialty area of interventional radiology in which radiologists can deliver treatments for cancer directly to the tumor—without significant side effects or damage to nearby normal tissue.

Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.

To receive an informational packet or set up your initial consultation appointment, call RCI’s Vein & Interventional Clinic at 319-261-0636 or toll free at 800-747-0121.

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No physician referral is needed for a consultation, unless your insurance requires it. Call 319-261-0636 to set up an appointment.

Get tested for PAD if you are age 50 and older and:

  • Have a family history of vascular disease such as PAD, aneurysm, heart attack or stroke
  • Have a personal history of high blood pressure, heart disease or other vascular disease
  • Have an inactive lifestyle
  • Have diabetes
  • Have ever smoked or smoke now
  • Have high cholesterol and/or high lipid blood test
  • Have pain in the legs or feet that awakens you at night
  • Have trouble walking that involves cramping or tiredness in the muscle with walking or exercising that is relieved by resting

If varicose veins appear after traditional vein-stripping surgery, an ultrasound consultation can diagnose if the saphenous vein, the large superficial vein in the leg, is still present. If it is, endovenous laser therapy can be performed. If it has been successfully removed, you may still benefit from other therapies to treat your recurrent varicose veins.

People experiencing pain or fullness in their legs usually feel better in 7–10 days. It is common for people to see physical improvements in their legs in 4 weeks, but it may take up to 6 months for full results.

Patients typically return to normal activities within a couple days.

Treatment of symptomatic varicose veins is covered by nearly all insurers. Treatment of spider veins is considered cosmetic and is usually not covered by insurance contracts.

Compression stockings are a first line of defense in treating venous conditions. They are required by insurance companies prior to approval for procedure reimbursement.

Our interventional radiologists perform vein procedures at RCI’s Vein & Interventional Clinic as an in-office procedure.

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

Payment
mailing address:

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