• Interventional Radiology


    Minimally-Invasive Image-Guided Surgery

    Interventional radiologists are physicians who are specially trained to perform minimally-invasive image-guided surgery. Interventional radiologists diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions using very small tools that are guided by X-rays, ultrasound, and CT. In general, these procedures are easier for people to tolerate than conventional surgery because of smaller incisions, less pain and shorter hospital stays.

    The Radiology Associates Interventional Radiology Team

    Radiology Associates has been providing excellent interventional radiologic services for years. Drs. Stephen Holtzman, Jaywant Parmar, Timothy Auran and Laura Traube currently make up the Interventional Radiology Team.

    These physicians are committed to creating a comprehensive interventional radiology department. Their mission is to improve the health of the people of the Central Coast via close collaboration with local and regional medical experts and providing cutting-edge minimally-invasive image-guided procedures.

    To schedule a consultation or procedure please have your referring physician send the following:  Order, Patient Demographics/ Insurance information/ Authorization for visit (if required)/ H&P with medication list/ and Prior Imaging Reports related to the diagnoses.  Please fax to 805-461-5570.  For questions, contact the IR Coordinator at 805-792-0115.

    Radiology Associates Interventional Radiologic Services

    Core interventional procedures are listed below. Select the icon of the procedure you are interested in learning more about.

    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms – (AAA) is caused by a weakened area in the main vessel

    • Angiography/Angioplasty/Stenting – is an X-ray exam of the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages and other blood vessel problems

    • Arterial Disease / Plaque Excision – Patients with inadequate blood flow to their legs due to atherosclerosis

    • Biliary Interventions – There are a number of problems in the liver that can be treated with nonsurgical, interventional radiology techniques.

    • Biopsies – Abnormalities found on imaging studies sometimes require a tissue sample to be obtained.

    • Cancer Therapies – We work closely with local oncologists and surgeons in the treatment of cancer.

    • Central Venous Access Catheters (CVAC) and Gastrostomy (Feeding) Tubes

    • Consultation Service – Radiology Associates is committed to continuously improving radiology services to the people of the Central Coast.

    • Dialysis Access: Fistulagrams and AV Declot – Dialysis fistula/graft declotting interventions are minimally invasive procedures performed to improve blood flow

    • Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) Therapy: – Patients with blood clots in their thighs or pelvis may develop chronic pain and swelling

    • Fibroid Embolization – Uterine fibroids are benign growths of the uterus that may cause pain

    • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters – In an inferior vena cava filter placement procedure, interventional radiologists use image guidance

    • Infertility – Some common causes of infertility in both women and men can now be treated without surgery by interventional radiologists

    • Internal Bleeding – Interventional radiologists can pinpoint the area of internal bleeding with angiography and inject a clotting substance

    • Nephrostomy Tubes – is a term used to describe a passageway maintained by a tube, stent, or catheter

    • Pelvic Pain – It is estimated that one-third of all women will experience chronic pelvic pain in their lifetime.

    • Peripheral Vascular Disease – Patients with inadequate blood flow to their legs due to atherosclerosis will frequently have pain or cramping

    • Spine Interventions – There are many pain generators in the spine.

    • Thrombolysis – Catheter-directed thrombolysis is a minimally invasive treatment that dissolves abnormal blood clots

    • TIPS (Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt)

    • Varicose Vein Procedures – Venous insufficiency is a very common condition resulting from decreased blood flow from the leg veins up to the heart