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 (DG 12 010 002) 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 Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (EST) (RDE 20 022 001) pdf Facet Joint Injection (CT/Fluoroscopy) (RDE 18 100 001) pdf Fistulogram and Fistuloplasty (RDE 20 091 001) pdf Having a Sialogram (DG 10 004 003) pdf Image-Guided Steroid Injections (RDE 18 104 001) pdf Information for parents of children undergoing a Micturating Cystourethrogram (DG 16 002 002) pdf Information for patients undergoing an Angiogram-Arteriogram (RDE 20 133 001) pdf Information for Women Undergoing Uterine Artery Embolisation (UAE) (DG 07 001 005) 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 (DG 12 016 002) pdf Percutaneous Biliary Drainage or Percutaneous Trans-hepatic Cholangiogram (PTC) (DG 13 003 002) pdf Percutaneous Biopsy of the Lung (DG 12 002 005) pdf Percutaneous Bone Biopsy (DG 12 003 003) pdf Percutaneous Kidney / Renal Biopsy (DG 13 009 002) pdf Percutaneous Liver Biopsy (DG 12 001 004) pdf Percutaneous Nephrostomy (DG 13 005 002) pdf Percutaneous Soft Tissue Mass or Lump Biopsy (DG 12 018 002) pdf Radiologically Inserted Gastrostomy (RIG): Helping you decide (RDE 20 006 001) pdf Rectal Stent Insertion (DG 13 002 002) pdf TransArterial ChemoEmbolisation (TACE) for Liver Tumours (DG 13 007 002) pdf Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPSS) (DG 13 004 002) pdf Varicocele Embolisation (DG 10 017 003) pdf Venous Stent Insertion (DG 12 007 002) pdf Vertebroplasty (DG 10 011 003) pdf Water Soluble Contrast Enema (DG 17 004 001) pdf Welcome to the Medical Imaging Department (RDE 20 014 001) pdf What is a Proctogram? (DG 10 016 004) pdf X-ray-Guided Nerve Root Block Injection (CT/Fluoroscopy) (RDE 18 101 001) pdf


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