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Interventional Radiology Clinic

Many conditions that once required surgery now can be treated without surgery by Interventional Radiology. Board-certified interventional radiologists at UCSF Medical Center are leaders in the field, specializing in image-guided, minimally invasive procedures, such as vascular techniques for stent placement to open arteries and embolization to block abnormal blood vessels. Interventional radiology also is used to manage conditions such as kidney and liver cancer and uterine fibroids.

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Diagnostic Procedures

We offer the following interventional radiology diagnostic procedures:

Treatments

With the guidance of X-ray, MRI and other imaging techniques, interventional radiologists thread catheters, which are thin, flexible tubes inserted through tiny incisions in the skin, and navigate networks of arteries to deliver treatments to targeted sites. While no treatment is risk free, interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and shorter recovery time compared to surgery.

Other advantages are that most procedures can be performed without general anesthesia and with no overnight hospital stay or only a short stay. In addition, risk, pain and recovery time ar reduced.

Treatments offered include:

  • Angiography
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Biliary drainage and stenting
  • Central venous access
  • Chemoembolization
  • Embolization
  • Gastrostomy tube
  • Hemodialysis access maintenance
  • Infection and abscess drainage
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Stent
  • Thrombolysis
  • Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)
  • Uterine artery embolization
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Varicocele embolization
  • Vena cava filter

Images and Reports — To obtain a copy of your radiology images and reports, see information about contacting the Radiology Library.

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Getting Here

Interventional Radiology
505 Parnassus Ave., Room M-361
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1300
Appointments: (415) 353-2573
Billing: 415) 514-8888
Fax: (415) 353-8570

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

    When you come for your exam, please bring:

    • List of your current medications
    • Insurance card
    • Photo identification

    If your doctor has given you a written request for the procedure, please bring that request form with you.

Appointments

To schedule an appointment, please call Radiology Central Scheduling at (415) 353-2573, Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please note that a written request from your doctor is required for all radiology procedures.

When making your appointment, please tell the scheduler if you have any allergies or if you have had an allergic reaction during a previous procedure. Please mention if you have any special needs, such as the need for an interpreter.

In some cases, your doctor may want you to receive an X-ray as part of your office visit. These tests are performed at one of our walk-in clinics during or just after your office visit, and no appointment is required.

Insuance coverage for imaging tests depends on your insurance. Please contact your insurance company if you have any questions. You also may contact our Radiology Billing office at (415) 514-8888 for any billing questions prior to your radiology procedure or after your procedure.

Images and Reports — To obtain a copy of your radiology images and reports, see information about contacting the Radiology Library.

Parking

Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation

Parnassus

UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit, www.sfmuni.com.

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Clinic Team

Robert Kerlan
Dr. Robert Kerlan,
radiologist
David Avrin
Dr. David Avrin,
interventional radiologist
Miles Conrad
Dr. Miles Conrad,
interventional radiologist
Roy Gordon
Dr. Roy Gordon,
interventional radiologist
Jeanne LaBerge
Dr. Jeanne LaBerge,
interventional radiologist