Interventional Radiology

The interventional radiologists use radiological image guidance (X-ray fluoroscopy or ultrasound) to access the different areas of the body in order to diagnose or treat certain diseases.

It is an alternative to surgical treatment because it is less invasive and does not require the use of a scalpel. To access the inside of the body, the specialist will make small incisions or use the natural orifices of the body.

In addition, this minimally invasive technique reduces the risks after the intervention, such as infections, and the recovery time is very short.


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    What diseases can interventional radiology diagnose?

    Interventional radiology can diagnose almost every pathology because it is capable of studying the liver, cancers, blood vessels, urinary tract…

    Video: Interventional radiology reduces the consequences of stroke

    Stroke is a cerebrovascular disease that occurs when there is a reduction or obstruction of blood flow that avoids blood from reaching the brain correctly. The specialists point out that a quick intervention reduces the possible consequences in the patient. For this reason, medical assistance should be received in the first six hours since the symptoms appear (face, arm, leg weakness …)

    Interventional radiology has led to a revolution in the treatment of stroke, since it manages to increase the recanalization time and reduce the consequences in more than 90% of cases if the patient goes to the hospital in the first hours. It has also helped to improve the localization and removal of the clot that causes the stroke.

    Cancer and interventional radiology

    Interventional radiology allows us to act on cancer through circulation. A catheter will be placed inside the arteries, and through them medications will be administrated directly, covering the blood vessels so that the cancer does not have vascularization.

    Video: What are the vascular applications?

    Vascular applications will be: dilation of narrowness’s, avoid obstructions, treat dilations of arteries that can break, block arteries, amongst other applications.

    The advantages of interventional radiology in the Canary Islands

    This’ interventional radiology service is offered through a referral hospital in Tenerife, San Juan de Dios Hospital. This service receives patients both urgent and ambulatory, by appointment, in order to guarantee an adequate assistance.

    In addition, they have a team of highly qualified professionals with extensive experience in diagnosis and treatment through interventional radiology.

    Finally, patients will benefit from the procedures using the latest technologies that guarantees safety and great results.

    Interventional radiology services in This

    • Catheter angiography examination
    • Angioplasty and vascular stent
    • Biopsies
    • Placement of central venous accesses
    • Placement of gastric and jejunal tubes
    • Placement of prostheses in the digestive tract
    • Placement of thoracic drainage tubes
    • Placement and removal of the filter in the inferior vena cava
    • Percutaneous abscess drainage
    • Embolization of uterine fibroids
    • Embolization of the ovarian veins
    • Trans-catheter embolization of haemorrhages and tumours
    • Arterial and venous fibrinolysis
    • Percutaneous gastrostomy
    • Biliary interventions
    • Interventions in the kidney and urinary tract
    • Interventions for repairing dialysis fistulas
    • Chemoembolization
    • Removal of foreign bodies
    • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt
    • Treatment of vascular malformations
    • Endovascular treatment of claudication and diabetic foot
    • Endovascular treatment of the carotid lesion


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      BLocated in the Hospital San Juan de Dios, the unit of Interventional Radiology is a unit with an extensive experienced team of professionals, completed with a careful organization of the entire team and last generation technological equipment. This is meant to ensure your safety and comfort during your care.

      The Diagnostic Imaging Service of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Tenerife has three high-performance equipment: a last generation Magnetic Resonance, capable of performing vascular studies without contrast, a high-end ultrasound scanner and an interconnected Interventional Radiology room for a PACS (file system and distribution of digital images).

      The Interventional Radiology equipment is a high-tech machine. The risks are minimized, the duration of the interventions and the radiation doses received by patients and professionals are reduced.