The following are types of interventional procedures that IMI performs:
Hysterosalpingogram (HSG): Hysterosalpingography, also called uterosalpingography, is an x-ray examination of a woman’s uterus and fallopian tubes that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material. During a hysterosalpingogram, the uterus and fallopian tubes are filled with a water-soluble contrast material. The radiologist is able to use fluoroscopy (live xray) to assess their anatomy and function. Hysterosalpingography is primarily used to examine women who have difficulty becoming pregnant by allowing the radiologist to evaluate the shape and structure of the uterus, the openness of the fallopian tubes, and any scarring within the uterine or peritoneal (abdominal) cavity.
Biopsy & Aspiration: A biopsy is the removal of tissue in order to examine it for disease. The tissue samples can be taken from any part of the body. In a fine needle aspiration, a fine gauge needle is used to withdraw fluid or clusters of cells. Biopsies and aspirations can be safely performed with imaging guidance such as ultrasound, x-ray, computed tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These types of imaging are used to determine exactly where to place the needle and perform the biopsy or aspiration.
Joint Injections: A Therapeutic Joint Injection involves injecting a steroid medication and/or anesthetic into a joint in order to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Using ultrasound, fluoroscopy (live x-ray) or CT scan for guidance, the doctor will place a small needle into the affected joint. In some cases, the doctor then injects a small amount of X-ray dye (contrast) to confirm that the needle is within the joint. Once placement is confirmed, the doctor injects the medication. Joints such as hips, knees, elbows, wrists, and sacroiliac (SI), are options for this pain management procedure.