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We found 5 interventional radiologists who accept PacifiCare Signature Value HMO near Modesto, CA.

Dr. Matthew John Thomson, MD
Specializes in Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Thomson sees patients in Modesto, CA. His medical specialties are vascular & interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology. Dr. Thomson is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

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Dr. Taiyo Shimizu, MD
Specializes in Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Taiyo Shimizu specializes in vascular & interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology and practices in Modesto, CA. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York's residency program. Dr. Shimizu is especially interested in imaging procedures. He is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Shimizu speaks Japanese. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF).

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Clinical interests: Imaging Procedures

Dr. James Bradley Summers, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. James Summers specializes in radiation oncology, vascular & interventional radiology, and diagnostic radiology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include imaging procedures. Dr. Summers is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Summers honors. He graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Ultrasound, Imaging Procedures, CT Scan, Trauma

Dr. Stephen Kao Liu, MD
Specializes in Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
1552 Coffee Road; Suite 201
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Liu is a vascular & interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology specialist in Modesto, CA. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Liu is conversant in Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Central Valley Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Varicose Veins, Uterine Fibroid Embolization

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Specializes in Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Ward sees patients in Modesto, CA. His medical specialties are vascular & interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology. Dr. Ward's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. After completing medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia, he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Ward (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and French.

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What is Vascular & Interventional Radiology?

Vascular and interventional radiology, sometimes just called interventional radiology or abbreviated “VIR,” is a type of minimally invasive treatment done using only needles or catheters (tubes) and very tiny incisions in the body. Imaging, such as x-rays or ultrasound, is done from outside the body and used to guide the surgeon. Because the incisions are so small, this type of surgery offers less risk, less pain, and a faster recovery time to the patient.

Interventional radiology was first developed in the 1960s to treat blocked arteries, as an alternative to open bypass surgery. The technique was originally used only on blood vessels, which is where the word ‘vascular’ in the name comes from. These days it is still often used to treat blood vessel disorders, but also many other types of problems. Interventional radiology may be used to perform, among others:
  • Vascular treatments, such as the placement of stents or balloon angioplasty
  • Minimally invasive cancer treatments, such as biopsies, tumor ablation, or chemoembolization (delivering chemotherapy directly to a tumor via a catheter)
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Varicose vein ablation

The device used for imaging during the surgery may be x-ray, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, or CT scan. Imaging allows the surgeon to see exactly what is happening without having to cut into a patient. Not only is recovery easier without major surgery, but outcomes are better with the precise detail that modern imaging can offer.