The WellSpan Spotlight

Interventional Radiology Renovations and Expansion Project

The Interventional Radiology (IR) department at WellSpan York Hospital will undergo renovations and expansion as part of the many projects that are enhancing our campus for the future. As part of the renovations, both current IR rooms will be updated and modernized with new equipment. One IR room will offer monoplane imaging; while the other will be a procedure room for Ultrasound guided interventions.

Additionally, IR will be expanding into space that was formerly home to the gift shop, rapid response team room, outpatient laboratory and patient registration. In the expanded space, IR will have 4 prep and recovery bays. The addition of these bays will reduce the need to use recovery rooms in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) and short-stay unit (SSU) as most patients will be able to recover in IR.

IR uses medical imaging to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures that diagnose, treat, and cure many kinds of conditions. Some of the procedures available in our IR Lab include:

  • Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creations and removals (connection of an artery and vein for dialysis)
  • Thrombectomies (surgery to remove a blood clot inside and artery or vein)
  • Uterine Fibroid Ablations (minimally invasive procedure to reduce the size of fibroids)
  • Prostate Biopsies
  • Radiofrequency Ablations (minimally invasive procedure to shrink the size of tumors, nodules or other growths in the body)
  • Fallopian Tube Cannulations (minimally invasive procedure to open blocked fallopian tubes causing difficulties getting pregnant)
  • Cancer Treatments, including Y-90, SIR-Sphere, and Therasphere targeted treatment of cancer or tumors on the liver
  • Tube/Line placements (G/J/PEG-tubes, PICC lines, port placements, nephrostomy tubes, etc.)
  • Joint Injections (precise injections to treat pain in the back, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle, and foot)
  • Kyphoplasty (minimally invasive procedure to treat compression fractures in the spine)

The renovation and expansion project will also help to improve patient access by decreasing the wait time for patients to have procedures scheduled. Currently, procedures may be scheduled out two weeks or more and the expansion aims to reduce that to less than a week when fully complete.

The gift shop and outpatient laboratory are both closed, and patient registration will move to the other side of the atrium to centralize services and improve efficiency.

Construction on the project began in May to renovate IR and prepare patient registration’s new location in the atrium area. The project is anticipated to be complete in summer 2024.