FAQs

Q. What times are procedures scheduled?
A. Procedures are usually scheduled from 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday.

Q. What is your phone number for appointments?
A. Our phone number is (901) 683-1890.

Q. What information will I need for my first visit?
A. Please see our Pre-Registration Form.

Q. What is the history of the Memphis Vascular Center?
A. Memphis Vascular Center was created from a vision of providing the finest care for people who have health problems related to their heart and circulatory system. Memphis Radiological P.C. along with Methodist Healthcare established Memphis Vascular Center in 2001.

Our team of specialists work closely together at Methodist Healthcare’s state-of-the-art facilities located throughout the city Memphis, TN. The Center is supported by Methodist Healthcare’s vast medical resources, including inpatient services, nursing care, radiology, laboratory and other support services that may be needed. Skilled response teams of physicians, nurses and technologists provide advanced medical attention for people with serious cardiovascular conditions.

Q. What is an Interventional Radiologist?
A. Interventional radiologists are doctors who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments that have less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery. They use their expertise in interpreting X-rays, ultrasound, MRI and other diagnostic imaging studies to understand, visualize and diagnose the full scope of the disease’s pathology and to map out the procedure tailored to the individual patient. Then during the procedure, they image as they go to guide tiny instruments, such as catheters, through blood vessels or skin, to treat diseases at the site of the illness nonsurgically. Interventional radiology is a recognized medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Interventional radiologists are board-certified in diagnostic radiology and fellowship-trained in vascular and interventional radiology. The American Board of Radiology certifies their specialized training.

Q. What Is Interventional Neuroradiology?
A. Interventional neuroradiology (INR) or endovascular surgical neuroradiology as a specialty has undergone rapid evolution during its short existence. Originally developed in the 1980’s by radiologists and neurological surgeons, INR is made possible by dramatic advances in computer technology and state-of-the-art equipment. Essentially, interventional neuroradiology therapies are accomplished through microcatheters inserted in the groin area and, under X-ray guidance, threaded through the blood vessels leading into the brain. Interventional neuroradiologists currently employ minimally invasive procedures to accomplish a wide variety of treatments including: stroke treatment by delivering clot-busting drugs directly to the site of the blockage; aneurysm therapy by inserting platinum coils into the aneurysm bulge to prevent clotting and rupture; and spinal treatments by injecting cement into a fractured vertebra in order to reinforce the bone.

Q. Where are you located?
A. MVC interventional radiologists provide more of our radiology services at our new clinic at 7695 Poplar Pike in Germantown.

Q. Who are the physicians in your practice?
A. See Our Team for more information about our physicians.

Q. What diagnostic tests are required prior to my consultation?
A. Many of our patients have diagnoses which require preliminary testing prior to an outpatient consultation. These tests MAY include a CT, an MRI or MRA, an ultrasound or blood work. Our patient consultants will discuss these tests with you to determine which one(s) may be appropriate for your diagnosis.

Q. Is this covered by insurance?
A. Outpatient Consultations are often covered by Insurance. Diagnostic testing and procedures, as well, are often covered. Of course, insurances vary, and we always recommend checking with your insurance company.

Q. What is the difference between spider and varicose veins?
A. Telangiectasias, or spider veins are small red, blue or purple web-like veins on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are treated by a variety of professionals with different specialties. It is important to choose someone who is experienced with the complexities of diagnosis and a variety of treatment options. Sclerotherapy is the best way to treat spider veins on the legs.

Varicose veins are prominent veins that have lost their valve effectiveness and, as a result of dilation under pressure, become elongated, rope-like, bulged and thickened. Varicose veins are best treated by either chemical ablation or laser ablation.

For Varicose vein treatment in Memphis, or spider vein help / treatment, call Memphis Vascular Center today!