Upstate Carolina Radiology

Vascular Services

Interventional Radiologists are highly trained physicians who use imaging techniques to perform minimally invasive procedures. They are trained to view images to diagnose disease and recommend treatment, as well as, complete any minimally invasive procedure of the vascular system. Minimally invasive procedures were in fact created by interventional radiologist.

From the MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) or CTA (Computed Tomographic Angiography) to the Balloon Stenting or Angioplasty, Interventional Radiologist can take care of these needs. While Vascular Surgeons have begun to do these minimally invasive procedures recently, Interventional Radiologists have been doing these procedures for many years.

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Diagnostic Evaluation Tools

Diagnostic Evaluation Tools are vital for detection of many diseases and illnesses. Some common diagnostic tools include: MRA, CTA, Angiography and Ultrasound. Read More

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), clogged or narrowed arteries in the legs, is a red flag that the same process may be going on elsewhere because PAD is associated with other life-threatening vascular diseases. Read More

Carotid Occlusive Disease

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts, causing the brain to starve. If deprived of oxygen for even a short period of time, the brain nerve cells will start to die. Once the brain cells die from a lack of oxygen, the part of the body that section of the brain controls is affected through paralysis, language, motor skills, or vision. Read More

Renovascular Hypertension

Primary hypertension (high blood pressure) is a common disease that is often associated with atherosclerosis, hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Hypertension is defined as a blood pressure greater than 140/80 mmHg. Hypertension affects an estimated 10-25 percent of the population of the United States. In most people, the cause of hypertension is unknown, but in a small number of people the cause is due to a narrowing of the artery supplying blood to one or both kidneys. Read More

Visceral Arterial Disease

Atherosclerosis is the hardening of arteries caused by plaque build-up or fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries. This is a disease that can affect the entire body and is the most common reason for visceral artery disease. Visceral Artery Disease, or Mesenteric Artery Disease, is when the mesenteric arteries become occluded (blocked) and the blood supply is limited to the intestines, spleen and liver. Read More

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

In the past 30 years, the occurrence of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) has increased threefold. AAA is caused by a weakened area in the main vessel that supplies blood from the heart to the rest of the body. When blood flows through the aorta, the pressure of the blood beats against the weakened wall, which then bulges like a balloon. Read More

Venous Disease and Varicose Veins

Venous insufficiency is a very common condition resulting from decreased blood flow from the leg veins up to the heart, with pooling of blood in the veins. Normally, one-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing toward the heart, against the force of gravity. When the valves become weak and don't close properly, they allow blood to flow backward, a condition called reflux. Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot, known as a thrombus, in the deep leg vein. It is a very serious condition that can cause permanent damage to the leg, known as post-thrombotic syndrome, or a life-threating pulomnary embolism. In the United States alone, 600,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. One in every 100 people who develops DVT dies. Recently, it has been referred to as "Economy Class Syndrome" due to the occurrence after sitting on long flights. Read More

Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism is the blockage of one or more arteries in the lungs, ultimately eliminating the oxygen supply causing heart failure. This can take place when a blood clot from another area of the body, most often from the legs, breaks free, enters the blood stream and gets trapped in the lung’s arteries. Read More

Varicocele and Male Infertility

A Varicocele is a varicose vein of the testicle and scrotum that may cause pain, testicular atrophy (shrinkage) or fertility problems. Veins contain one-way valves that work to allow blood to flow from the testicles and scrotum back to the heart. Read More

Hemodialysis Treatment

Patients with chronic renal failure need regular hemodialysis that performs the kidney's job of ridding the body of toxic waste products, and to maintain fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance. One of the greatest challenges facing patients and their doctors is keeping the vascular access graft open for dialysis. Read More