Interventional Radiology Lung Disease & Biopsy | MedStar Health

What is it?

When you’re suffering from a lung disease, you can trust our interventional radiologists to diagnose and treat you using minimally invasive techniques that get you back to your normal life faster and with less pain.


Doctors discussing lungs x-ray

Interventional radiology is a minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment option for patients suffering from illness or injury in their lungs.

As a safer, less painful alternative to surgery, interventional radiology uses advanced imaging to diagnose and treat a variety of lung conditions, including:

  • Bleeding

  • Blood clots

  • Fluid in the lungs

  • Hypoxia (trouble breathing)

  • Lung cancer

  • Lung masses

  • Pulmonary embolism (when a blood clot breaks free and travels to the lungs)

Most interventional radiology procedures for lung disease require only a small incision the size of a pinhole, which reduces your pain and risk for complication. Compared to traditional surgery, interventional radiology also allows for a quicker recovery, as most procedures allow patients to be discharged the same day of their procedure or within 24 hours, getting them back to the life and activities they love faster.

Interventional radiology for lung disease treatments

From diagnosing and treating lung cancer  to reducing and removing life-threatening blood clots in or near the lungs, our interventional radiologists are experts at performing a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for lung disease.

Learn more about the interventional radiology treatment options for lung disease offered at MedStar Health below.

Fluid drainage

If you’re a lung cancer patient with excessive fluid accumulation around your lungs, our interventional radiologists may use a tunneled drainage catheter to drain fluid and relieve symptoms like pain and difficulty breathing. This minimally invasive procedure allows the fluid to drain while you are in the comfort of your own home.

Lung biopsy

A lung biopsy can help to diagnose or confirm a diagnosis of lung cancer or other lung disease. As a minimally invasive procedure, your interventional radiologist will remove tissue samples from your body under the guidance of advanced imaging. This allows them to diagnose the abnormality, which informs treatment options tailored to you.

Pulmonary arteriovenous malformation (PAVM) embolization

Although rare, a pulmonary arteriovenous malformation (PAVM) is a genetic condition that affects blood flow between the heart and the lungs. PAVM embolization is a minimally invasive procedure that blocks the abnormal connection between the pulmonary arteries and veins, reducing symptoms such as shortness of breath and bleeding while minimizing the risk of complications, including heart failure.

Pulmonary artery thrombolysis

When a blood clot or blockage forms in the lungs, you can experience sudden and severe chest pain and shortness of breath that can be fatal. Called a pulmonary embolism, this condition can be treated using pulmonary artery thrombolysis as an aggressive therapy option that effectively delivers clot dissolving treatments directly to the blockage.

Our providers

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Expert interventional radiology care

Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our interventional radiologists.

Our locations

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MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

9000 Franklin Square Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Harbor Hospital

3001 S. Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

201 E. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC, 20007

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20010

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

7503 Surratts Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

18101 Prince Philip Dr.
Olney, MD 20832

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital

25500 Point Lookout Rd.
Leonardtown, MD 20650