Interventional radiology and fluoroscopy


Interventional radiology refers to minimally invasive, image-guided medical treatments. Procedures use real-time imaging techniques, including X-rays and ultrasound, to guide the operator.

Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging which shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie.

More on what we do

Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology can be used as a quick and safe alternative to traditional surgery, resulting in better outcomes for patients and shorter stays in hospital.

Most interventional radiology treatments are minimally invasive alternatives to open and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.

Interventional radiology can be used to remove blood clots, drain organs or stop severe bleeding caused by a variety of conditions. These include trauma injuries, internal haemorrhages and problems during childbirth.

Non-emergency treatments include procedures to destroy cancer tumours, open narrow or blocked arteries and treat painful uterine fibroids.


Fluoroscopy examinations are often done while a contrast dye moves through the part of the body being looked at.

A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part and sent to a video monitor so that the moving body part, such as joints or organs can be seen in detail.

Fluoroscopy examinations are performed by a radiologist (a doctor trained to review medical images) or a specialist radiographer. They are assisted by nursing staff and radiographers.

Fluoroscopy usually involves using a dye or fluid so that movement on screen can be detected. Examples of procedures include; injecting dye containing iodine into a joint space or asking the patient to drink barium solution which then coats the bowel so that it shows up on X-ray.

Some examinations take minutes, others can take a few hours.

Our team

Medical Imaging has a small team of nurses consisting of: a radiology sister, registered nurses, HCA (healthcare assistant) and an auxiliary, who have many years of experience and skills between them.

Their role within the department is to assist with all interventional procedures in all areas, including CT, MRI, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and interventional radiology. They also assist patients in recovery post procedure before sending them to wards or discharging them home.

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

The Medical Imaging Department, Level 1 Area N.

Contact us

To contact the Interventional radiology team, call 01392 402336 (press option 1, then option 7)

To contact the Fluoroscopy team, call 01392 402580.

The teams are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Patient leaflets and documents

Antegrade Ureteric Stenting (RDE 20 197 001) pdf Balloon Angioplasty and Stenting of Arteries and Veins (RDE 20 131 001) pdf Central Venous Line Placement (including Hickman lines and portacaths) (RDE 20 132 001) pdf Duodenal Stent Insertion (RDE 20 090 001) pdf What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (EST)? (RDE 20 022 003) pdf Fistulogram and Fistuloplasty (RDE 20 091 001) pdf Having a Sialogram (RDE 20 170 001) pdf Image Guided Steroid Injections (RDE 18 104 002) pdf Information for parents of children undergoing a Micturating Cystourethrogram (RDE 20 198 001) pdf Information for patients undergoing an Angiogram-Arteriogram (RDE 20 133 001) pdf Information for Women Undergoing Uterine Artery Embolisation (UAE) (RDE 20 171 001) pdf Insertion of a Vena Cava Filter (RDE 20 134 001) pdf Instructions for Undergoing Sedation (RDE 19 165 001) pdf Myelogram (RDE 20 092 001) pdf Oesphageal Stent Insertion (RDE 20 093 001) pdf Percutaneous ablation of a Kidney Tumour (RDE 20 011 001) pdf Percutaneous ablation of a Liver Tumour (RDE 20 012 001) pdf Percutaneous ablation of a Lung Tumour (RDE 20 013 001) pdf Percutaneous Abscess Drainage (RDE 20 173 001) pdf Percutaneous Biliary Drainage or Percutaneous Trans-hepatic Cholangiogram (PTC) (RDE 20 174 001) pdf Percutaneous Biopsy of the Lung (RDE 20 201 001) pdf Percutaneous Bone Biopsy (RDE 20 199 001) pdf Percutaneous Kidney / Renal Biopsy (RDE 20 202 001) pdf Percutaneous Liver Biopsy (RDE 20 200 001) pdf Percutaneous Nephrostomy (RDE 20 176 001) pdf Percutaneous Soft Tissue Mass or Lump Biopsy (RDE 20 175 001) pdf Radiologically Inserted Gastrostomy (RIG): Helping you decide (RDE 20 006 001) pdf Rectal Stent Insertion (RDE 20 177 001) pdf TransArterial ChemoEmbolisation (TACE) for Liver Tumours (RDE 21 009 001) pdf Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPSS) (RDE 21 010 001) pdf Varicocele Embolisation (RDE 20 178 001) pdf Venous Stent Insertion (RDE 20 179 001) pdf Vertebroplasty (RDE 20 203 001) pdf Water Soluble Contrast Enema (RDE 20 204 001) pdf Welcome to Medical Imaging RDE (RDE 20 014 003) pdf What is a Proctogram? (RDE 20 181 001) pdf X-ray-Guided Nerve Root Block Injection (CT/Fluoroscopy) (RDE 18 101 002) pdf


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