IR Center

Interventional Radiology – The IR Center at Michigan Institute of Urology

Many conditions that once required surgery now can be treated with interventional radiology. IR treatments are minimally invasive. When compared to open surgery, minimally invasive treatments result in:

  • Less risk of complications
  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery

Embolization is a minimally invasive treatment that blocks one or more blood vessels or abnormal vascular channels. Carefully guided by radiologic imaging like CT and ultrasound, radiologists perform embolization using small tools like catheters and wires to treat patients for conditions including:

  • BPH (enlarged prostate)
  • Varicoceles treatment for male infertility
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Ovarian vein embolization for pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Hemorrhoid artery embolization

Talk to your urologist to find out if you are a candidate for a minimally invasive IR treatment.

Scott Schwartz, M.D.

Leading the IR Centers at MIU is Dr. Scott Scwartz, a highly respected vascular interventional radiologist who previously served as division chief of interventional radiology at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Schwartz is renowned for his expertise in interventional radiology and embolization techniques.

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Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Prostate artery embolization is an ideal treatment for men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with very large prostates.

BPH, also known as an enlarged prostate, compresses the urethra, the tube which carries urine from the bladder to the penis. When the urethra is compressed, it can cause symptoms such as increased urinary frequency, weak urine stream, and difficulty urinating.

The image below shows what a normal size prostate looks like as well as one when it’s enlarged.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia diagram