Interventional radiology

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The interventional radiologists at Suburban Imaging offer non-surgical treatments specifically for women. These treatments can help with many conditions that affect women, including chronic pelvic pain, heavy periods and infertility issues.

“It is gratifying to see that the minimally-invasive techniques of interventional radiology are being chosen by more and more women," said Dr. Kevin Henseler, interventional radiologist at Suburban Imaging. "Women suffering from fibroids, varicose veins or even artery blockages can be treated more quickly and recover sooner -- usually the same day," he said. 

To speak with our nurse about IR treatments, call:
North Metro: 763.792.1980
South Metro: 952.345.4179

Chronic pelvic pain

Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) is an under-recognized cause of chronic pelvic pain in women. It results from engorged veins in the pelvis, typically from ovarian veins that aren’t functioning properly. It is similar to varicose veins occurring in the legs. 

Typical symptoms include chronic, dull and aching pelvic pain that is made worse by prolonged sitting or standing, and worse at the end of the day.

A quick CAT scan performed at Suburban Imaging can confirm the diagnosis of pelvic congestion syndrome. Once the diagnosis is made, the interventional radiologist uses a non-surgical, minimally-invasive technique (called embolization) to block blood flow to the malfunctioning veins. This eliminates the engorged veins and relieves symptoms.

Heavy periods

Some women who experience heavy periods may have uterine fibroids. Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors of the uterus. The majority of fibroids are diagnosed and treated in women between the ages of 35-54. A minimally-invasive treatment option, Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), is a safe, non-surgical treatment that eliminates fibroids by blocking blood supply, causing the fibroids to shrink.

The interventional radiologists at Suburban Imaging specialize in UFE. To learn more about fibroids and the UFE procedure, click here


The interventional radiologists at Suburban Imaging treat a common cause of infertility caused by blockages in the fallopian tubes. This minimally-invasive procedure, called Fallopian Tube Recanalization or Selective Salpingography, does not require surgery or general anesthesia. 

To learn more about female infertility treatments, click here.

Varicose veins

Those bumpy, rope-like bulges can make legs look unsightly. More important than physical appearance, though, is that these bulges indicate that the veins in your legs are not working properly.

Interventional radiology treatments are generally easier for patients than surgery because they involve no surgical incision and are less painful. These minimally-invasive procedures include sclerotherapy, phlebectomy and venous ablation.

Schedule a consult with one of the Suburban Imaging interventional radiologists to discuss your symptoms, review treatment options and which one is right for you. Typically, you do not need a referral from your primary healthcare provider to meet with the radiologist.

To learn more about varicose vein treatments, click here.

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