Work at the Department

The Department of Interventional Vascular Diagnosis and Therapy operates within the Invasive Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Therapy Service. Interventions are performed
Prof. Dr. Dragan Sagić, Radiology Specialist, Dr. Branko Petrović, Radiology Specialist, Head of Department, Dr. Želimir Antonić, Radiology Specialist, Dr. Vladimir Kovačević, Radiology Specialist, Dr. Vladimir Mihajlović, Radiology Specialist

List of procedures

  • Diagnostic procedures– They are performed in a catheterization room, with vascular access through an artery or vein, where contrast is injected directly into the target blood vessel using specialized catheters, and visualization is enabled by the use of ionizing radiation. Today, these methods have given way to MDCT angiography, and are performed in situations where the findings are unclear after non-invasive diagnostic procedures or as an introduction to an elective endovascular therapeutic procedure. These procedures include:
    • Aortography
    • Arteriography of brachiocephalic arteries
    • Arteriography of visceral arteries
    • Peripheral femoral arteriography
    • Selective arteriography
    • Phlebography
  • Therapeutic procedures
  • Aortic interventions – are minimally invasive treatment of aneurysms and other pathological conditions of the aorta (dissection, aortic ulcer, aortic coarctation, etc.) through small blood vessels and placement of different types of stents that are covered with a cloth (stent graft). These procedures include:
    • TEVAR – endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysm
    • EVAR – endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm
    • PTA aorta
  • Peripheral artery PTA– are interventions on blood vessels with the use of local anesthesia. Interventions are most often performed on the blood vessels of the neck, arms, legs, and on the large blood vessels that supply the internal organs. By using various catheters, guides, wires, balloons, and, if necessary, stents, narrowings of the arteries are solved, completely closed arteries are opened, dilated arteries and other pathological conditions are treated. With the help of special catheter systems, pronounced calcium deposits on blood vessels are removed, as well as thrombotic masses, and adequate blood flow is established. These procedures include:
    • Brachiocephalic arteries (arteries of the neck and upper extremities)
    • Visceral arteries (arteries that supply internal organs)
    • Renal arteries
    • Lower extremity arteries
  • Embolization of selective arteries– this procedure involves interventions on blood vessels with the use of local anesthesia. A special catheter is used to access the target blood vessel and spirals, occluders or stent grafts are placed through it, which close the pathological communication, most often between the arterial and venous systems. This procedure can be used in certain situations in the treatment of malignant diseases (by reducing blood flow to the target organ).

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