Interventional/Vascular Procedures

At Sentara, we continue to invest in the latest medical tools which allow physicians to diagnose and treat patients more effectively – such as our new Vascular Intervention (Angiography) Suite.

Located in the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center diagnostic imaging department, the  Vascular Intervention Suite features a state-of-the-art angiography system that allows physicians to see images more clearly and be able to manipulate and store them with ease. The scanned images can also be transmitted to remote locations such as a local physician’s office, or major medical center for consultation.

Through the angiography imaging equipment, our board certified physicians can perform a variety of tests, including ultrasound tests of the carotid arteries in the neck and arterial and venous evaluations to screen for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

It also allows minimally invasive treatment procedures to be performed in the Vascular Intervention Suite, such as extracting plaque from blocked arteries; inserting a balloon stent to open narrowed arteries in the arms, kidney, abdomen, legs, and neck; and performing cryoplasty, a newer technique where nitrous oxide is used to cool a selected section of the artery and clear any blockage with less damage to the vessel wall.

Not all vein care involves angioplasty, stenting, or cryoplasty. Advances in technology have also allowed improvement in treatments for other conditions, such as varicose veins. While many people don’t require treatment for their venous condition, symptoms of this disease can be very subtle. Detailed provocative testing for venous problems can be performed at the request of a referring physician.