Centegra’s radiologists bring the newest procedures to the people of greater McHenry County. Interventional Radiology is a specialty that provides a wide variety of minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment procedures. These can often replace open surgical procedures and require less time for recovery. Most Interventional Radiology procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis.
To schedule an appointment at any facility, call (815) 334.5566.
What to Expect
Interventional Radiology includes a variety of procedures, but what to expect during each procedure remains constant.
- The patient wears a gown for most procedures.
- An IV is inserted at the beginning of most procedures.
- The table and radiology equipment will move as the procedure progresses.
- When the images are taken, you may be asked to hold your breath for short periods of time.
- After the procedure, you may be expected to stay at the hospital for observation for up to four hours.
- You may need to consume plenty of liquids to help your body eliminate the medication used to see your internal organs.
- Images are interpreted by a radiologist and a typed report will be sent to your physician within 48 hours from the time you were examined.
- Most patients will need someone to drive them home after the exam.
- Most patients do not need to fast and are allowed to take medication as prescribed. However, this may vary depending on your procedure.
Centegra Health System offers Interventional Radiology at two locations in McHenry County.
- Centegra Hospitals located in McHenry and Woodstock
Information about Interventional Radiology Procedures
Epidural Steroid Injections
A corticosteroid is injected into the spinal canal, where it bathes the cover that surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Facet Joint Injections
Allows a local anesthetic or corticosteroid to be injected into a surface joint, which is one of the points where one vertebra connects to another.
This exam uses a special dye and X-rays to take pictures of the bones and the fluid-filled spaces (subarachnoid space) in your spine (spinal canal). A myelogram may be done to find a tumor, an infection, problems with the spine such as a herniated disc, or narrowing of the spinal canal caused by arthritis.
This test uses X-rays to obtain a series of pictures of a joint after a contrast material has been injected into the joint. This allows soft tissue structures of your join, such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, and your joint capsule to be seen.