Vascular Care Center
Hours of Service
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
On call emergency coverage after hours, call Spectrum Medical Group at (207) 956-6650.
Scheduling should be arranged through the Vascular Navigator at 207-777-4469.
The Interventional Radiology Lab is equipped with a Digital Toshiba Unit capable of Digital Angiography, Digital Subtraction Angiography, and Rotational Angiography. This allows for diagnosing cardiovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, cancer, urologic disorders, and many other medical conditions.
The Interventional Radiology Lab performs approximately 25 different procedures including vascular imaging and intervention (angioplasty/stenting), urologic drainage/stent insertions, vertebroplasty, permanent ports, and PICC lines for long-term therapy. Imaging and Intervention for all types of dialysis access is offered as well.
As of September 2008, a comprehensive and collaborative vascular program was started. It offers treatment for varicose veins. The procedures include EVLT, Varithena, Venaseal, and Sclerotherapy. The procedures are performed in the Venous Care Center.
Generally, the population of patients seen in the Interventional Radiology Lab have been pre-assessed by a Radiologist. This allows for existing medical conditions such as diabetes, poor renal function, or coagulation problems, to be addressed prior to procedure time.
Preps for each procedure are generally customized to the patient, but most include nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to exam day, and most will require the insertion of an IV line. Occasionally, lab work is drawn and if the exam requires access to the femoral artery or vein, then the patient's groin will be shaved and prepped to avoid infection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q- Will I be put to sleep?
A- No. Patients are awake for the procedure, although patients may be given some medication to help them relax. Patients are monitored constantly during their procedures.
Q- Are these procedures safe?
A- These exams are considered invasive procedures; however, the risk is small and they are relatively safe. The Radiologist will discuss the risks in greater detail on the day of the exam.
Q- Can I go home the same day?
A- Most of these exams are done on an out-patient basis and the patient is usually discharged later that day.
Vascular Interventional Physicians is a patient education web-site for the Interventional procedures that can be offered through Spectrum and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.