Interventional Radiology (MRI)

Interventional radiology is a medical sub-specialty of radiology which uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose, treat and palliate diseases in nearly every organ system.

The interventional radiology department at the Manchester Royal Infirmary consists of 3 dedicated x-ray rooms and a recovery area.

The department sees approximately 5,750 patients each year.

In addition, MRI boasts a hybrid suite which consists of state of the art interventional x-ray equipment in theatre conditions. This facilitates complex endovascular procedures which are undertaken by a combination of interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons.

Procedures Done in the Department


Angiography / Angioplasty and stenting (Peripheral)

Chemo embolisation

Fibroid embolisation

Fistulagram / fistulaplasty

IVC filter insertion / removal

Line / Portocath Insertion


Trans jugular liver biopsy

Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)

Varicocele embolisation

Liver Ablation

Biliary drainage and stenting

Colonic stent

Gastrostomy (radiologically inserted)


Oesophageal stent

Ureteric stent

Tunnelled Dialysis Cathete

Patient information leaflets are also available with advice on discharge following an agiogram/ angioplasty and advice on discharge following sedation. Paper copies of all our leaflets can be found at the radiology main reception desk.

Admission Information

Referrals should be made via ICE. Please ensure all relevant information is included on the referral. Complex cases should be discussed with a consultant radiologist. All requests will be vetted by a consultant radiologist to ensure the most appropriate procedure is carried out.

Relatives and Escorts

Due to the use of ionising radiation and the nature of the work in interventional radiology, relatives are not permitted in the procedure rooms or the recovery area. Relatives should remain on the ward.

Staff members acting as escorts may be permitted to enter the procedure room under certain circumstances. This should be agreed with the interventional radiology staff before the procedure.


We are located on the in Department of Clinical Radiology at the MRI, Ground Floor, Purple Zone.

Opening Hours

Core hours are 8.30 am – 17:00pm, Monday – Friday

Contact Details

0161 276 8588

Additional Support

We provide a 24 hour, non residential, consultant led vascular radiology on-call service. The consultant is available via MRI switchboard. Non vascular interventional out of hours cases should be referred to the general radiology consultant on call.


The unit is staffed by a multi disciplinary team of radiologists, radiographers and nurses.

The superintendent radiographer and lead nurse are available on 0161 276 8588.