Interventional Radiology

Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) is a sub-specialty of Diagnostic Radiology that has evolved over the past 25 years to become an integral part of comprehensive patient care, providing less invasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of health problems.

The vascular and interventional radiology team at UAB is a dedicated group of healthcare professionals consisting of 6 full-time Interventional Radiologists, who are highly skilled and committed to providing the highest quality patient care and education programs for our patients and for the community. Our group is also committed to provide a superior environment for the education of health professionals through our fellowship program and research trials.

Our group uses cutting edge interventional devices and State-of-the-art imaging techniques including fluoroscopy, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT scans) to perform a variety of innovative interventional procedures for treatment of malignant tumors (cancer), peripheral arterial and venous, urologic and hepatobiliary diseases. Our group also performs Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts (TIPS), varicocele embolization, uterine fibroid embolization, Dialysis related interventions and central venous access catheter placement and management. These procedures are well tolerated by the patients and usually done on outpatient basis.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please feel free to contact, Dr. Rachel Oser, M.D.,  at 205-975-4850. To refer patients or to schedule a procedure, please call our scheduling nurse at 205-638-GOIR (4647).

Benjamin Russell Building 4th Floor
1601 5th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

5th Avenue Parking Deck. Bring your parking deck ticket to your appointment. Your parking deck ticket will need to be validated on the day of the procedure to receive FREE PARKING. Otherwise, there will be a FEE TO EXIT the parking deck.

Procedures Offered

  • Angiography, Angioplasty, and Stenting
  • Biliary Interventions including PTC, PTD, Plastic Stents, and Stone Removal
  • Central Venous Access
  • Dialysis-Related interventions
  • Gastrostomy and Gastrojejunostomy Tube Placement and Management
  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement and Retrieval
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Percutaneous Abscess Drainage
  • Arterial and Venous Thrombolysis
  • Radioembolization and Ablation of Tumors
  • Embolization of Gastrointestinal Bleeds
  • WADA Test
  • Cerebral Angiography and Intervention
  • Joint Injections for Pain Management
  • Image-Guided Biopsy

Areas of Research

Current Trials: Vascular and Interventional Radiology currently has an ongoing trial involving dialysis access selection of best catheters/grafts and their role of endografts versus plain angioplasty in dysfunctional grafts/fistulas.

Conditions and Treatments

Vascular Diagnostic

  • Aortic Injections
  • Neuro
  • Peripheral
  • Pulmonary
  • Visceral


  • Central/Visceral
  • Peripheral
  • Portal

GI Procedures

  • GI Intervention
  • GI Tube Maintenance
  • Percutaneous UGI Access
  • UGI Intubation


  • Biliary Intervention
  • Bile, Stent, Internal
  • Bile Stricture Dil
  • Bile, Stone Removal
  • Bile, Tube Maintenance
  • Cholecystostomy
  • Perc. Biliary Drainage
  • PT Cholangiography

GU Procedures

  • Antegrade Pyelogram
  • Cystostomy
  • GU Tube Maintenance
  • Nephrostomy
  • Renal Stone Manipulation
  • Ureteral Stent (double J)

Spine Procedures

  • Discography
  • Vertebroplasty

Tumor Therapy

  • Arterial Brachytherapy
  • Brachytherapy Tumor
  • Direct Injection Tumor
  • RF Ablation Tumor

Venous Intervention

  • Ablation Therapy
  • Embolization
    • Cancer
    • Bleeds
    • Varices
  • Filter Placement
  • PTA Stent
  • Thrombectomy
  • Thrombolysis
  • TIPS
  • Venous Sampling