Interventional Radiology

Uniting Care Medical Imaging offers the largest private, comprehensive range of Vascular and Interventional Radiology services in Queensland.


About Interventional Radiology


Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) is a medical sub-specialty of radiology, whereby a vast range of minimally invasive, targeted procedures are used to diagnose and treat diseases with the aid of cutting edge image guided technology.

Computerised tomography, X-ray, Ultra sound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are used to guide the radiologist to accurately access the specific tissue or body part. These procedures are carried out by Interventional Radiology specialists: doctors who have undergone advanced training in minimally invasive, image guided diagnostic and therapeutic treatments.

Interventional radiology procedures can treat and diagnose a broad range of conditions for patients with cancer, pain, diabetes, liver, kidney, and other disease. Minimally invasive radiological based procedures involve less risk, less pain, shorter hospital stay and shorter recovery time compared to traditional surgical techniques.

Most interventional procedures can be performed in an outpatients setting. Some may require a short overnight hospital stay.

These procedures are generally performed under sedation (twilight anaesthetic). Read further information about Procedures with Sedation.

UCMI at The Wesley Hospital has a specially designated VIR clinic. The clinic is staffed with nine interventional radiologists with outstanding procedural and clinical competence. The clinic has a full-time VIR nurse who helps coordinate personalised care for our patients and assists with any concerns that may arise.


UCMI Interventional Radiology Services

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Cancer Treatment

Kidney AblationPercutaneous Kidney Ablation Not all kidney tumours can be removed by surgery. You may be someone with a high surgical risk, underlying illness, one kidneyRead More

Chemo Embolisation / TACEChemo Embolisation or TACE (Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization) is a minimally invasive treatment performed in interventional radiology to tumours’ blood supply and deliver anti-cancer drugs. ThereRead More

Radio Embolisation / SIRTSWhen cancer cannot be treated by surgery, a non-invasive treatment called Radio Embolisation or SIRT (Selective Internal Radiation Therapy) can be used. SIRT can beRead More

Liver AblationWhat Is Microwave Ablation (MWA) Unfortunately, not all liver tumours can be removed by surgery. If you have received this diagnosis, there is an optionRead More

Bone AblationAbout Bone Ablation By the time lung cancer presents with symptoms and a diagnosis has been given, in 85% of cases the cancer is generallyRead More

Lung AblationAbout Lung Ablation By the time lung cancer presents with symptoms and a diagnosis has been given, in 85% of cases the cancer is generallyRead More

Venous Access

Long Term Venous AccessIf you are suffering with a cancer related disease and receiving chemotherapy treatment, you will require ongoing medications and nutrients directly administered into the bloodRead More

Dialysis AccessWhen you are living with kidney disease, you will require ongoing dialysis therapy to clean and filter your blood, until you have a successful kidneyRead More

Musculo-Skeletal and Spinal

Ultrasound Guided Steroid Joint InjectionsSteroid injections are used to offer fast-acting relief of inflamed muscles, joints, tendons, and bursa to reduce inflammation and pain.   When Is This ProcedureRead More

Platelet Rich Plasma InjectionsPlatelet rich plasma injections also referred to as PRP injections, is a procedure that is used to treat and assist in the long term healingRead More

Facet Joint InjectionsFacet joints (also called zygapophyseal joints) are small joints of the spine that provide stability and help guide motion. They are found in the neckRead More

Epidural InjectionsIf you suffer from low back, sciatica and leg pain, epidural injections offer an alternative to surgery for management and treatment of pain. Epidural injectionsRead More

Lumbar PunctureYour doctor has asked us to perform a lumbar puncture. This information is designed to help you prepare for your procedure. A lumbar puncture isRead More

Spinal / Joint HCLA InjectionsYour doctor has asked for a joint injection to be performed. This information will help you prepare for your procedure. HCLA refers to the combinationRead More

Vascular Malformations

Vascular MalformationsVascular malformations are abnormal clusters of blood vessels that develop while the foetus is in the womb. There are a number of different types ofRead More

Varicose Veins and other Venous Treatment

Varicose Veins TreatmentVaricose veins affect one out of two people aged 50 and older, and 15 to 25% of the adult population. Varicose veins are often painfulRead More

IVC FiltersOccasionally blood clots that have developed in the veins of the leg or pelvis (referred to as deep vein thrombosis) break up and large piecesRead More

DVT / Thrombo TreatmentWhen the circulation of the blood slows down due to illness, injury or inactivity, blood can accumulate or "pool," which provides an ideal setting forRead More

Drainage Procedures and Biopsies

Drainage ProceduresDrainage involves using a catheter (a thin tube) to drain an abscess or a collection of fluid or air under image guidance. Download the DrainageRead More

FNA & BiopsyFine Needle Aspiration (FNA) or a Needle biopsy is a medical test performed by an interventional radiologist to identify the cause of a lump orRead More

Women's Health

Pelvic Congestion / Pelvic EmbolisationThe diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain may be a number of things, however the pain may sometimes be due to hard-to-detect varicose veins in theRead More

Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UFE)Uterine fibroids are very common non-cancerous (benign) growths that develop in the muscular wall of a woman’s uterus. Unfortunately, they can cause a number ofRead More

Men's Health

Lutetium PSMA TherapyLutetium-177 PSMA Therapy, or Lutetium-177 Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen Therapy is a treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer. It is to be used predominantly whenRead More

Prostate Artery EmbolisationEnlarged prostates (referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) cause urinary frequency, urgency, passing urine more often (particularly at night), weakened stream and incomplete bladderRead More

Varicoceles EmbolisationSome men may develop a varicose vein (commonly known as a varicocele) of the testicle and scrotum, which may cause pain and lead to testicularRead More