Information for patients
Vascular and interventional radiology (VIR) is a division of the
department of radiology at The Miriam Hospital, in Providence, R.I. VIR
is a branch of medicine that focuses on minimally invasive and
surgery-sparing procedures, with the use of image-guided techniques.
Specially trained VIR staff members perform specialized tests to
investigate and treat abnormalities in blood vessels. Abnormalities are
commonly treated by angioplasty (using a balloon-type catheter to open
up blood vessels). Other areas of the body that can be treated with VIR
procedures include the liver, kidneys, stomach and spine.
At The Miriam Hospital, a designated Stroke Center, VIR can also play a
role in the treatment of stroke when it is combined with the use of a
specialty catheter, equipment and drugs designed to remove or dissolve
the blood clot that caused the stroke.
more about our Stroke Center and its services
Other procedures performed in the VIR division include nephrostomy,
chemoembolization, vertebroplasty and placement of central venous access
catheters, dialysis catheters, chemotherapy ports and PICC lines
(peripherally-inserted central catheters).
Radiologists in the VIR division are board-certified and fellowship
trained in this sub-specialty area.
To schedule an exam please call 401-793-4429. For more information about
vascular and interventional radiology at The Miriam Hospital, call
401-793-4505, or e-mail Sandra