Radiology Services

Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago offers the latest technology in diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and interventional radiology. Our comprehensive radiological procedures include mammography (including computer assisted diagnosis), open MRI, 128-slice dual source CT scanning, ultrasound, uterine fibroid embolization, chemembolization, bone density screenings, vascular ultrasound and other interventional radiology procedures.  

Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago is now home to the latest in Computed Tomography (CT) technology. Our new 128-slice dual source CT scanner is the fastest available and is capable of new minimally invasive tests, including angiography, cardiac imaging, perfusion and advanced vessel imaging.

While the new CT scanner represents the most up-to-date technology, it also offers greater comfort for our patients by providing a faster scan. The advanced CT technology is part of our completely renovated, patient-centered radiology clinic and expanded lab.

It is the world's fastest CT scanner, but also the one with the lowest radiation exposure.

Interventional Radiology Services at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago offers minimally invasive and noninvasive alternatives for a number of conditions — including cancer, osteoporosis, vascular disease, varicose veins and uterine fibroids. Interventional radiologists work in collaboration with your physician to provide the best care possible.

Many interventional radiology procedures have lower risk, pain and recovery time, can be performed on an outpatient basis, do not require general anesthesia, and may cost less than other alternatives.
Interventional radiology treatments offered at Swedish Covenant Hospital include:

  • Cardiovascular testing and minimally invasive treatments such as cardiac scoring, cardiac imaging, angiography, balloon angioplasty and stenting of arteries and veins 
  • Treatments for Liver Cancer (chemembolization and tumor ablation) 
  • Ultrasound or CT-guided biopsy 
  • Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE or UAE) 
  • Bone density screenings and percutaneous vertebroplasty, a minimally invasive treatment for osteoporosis 
  • Percutaneous feeding tube placement 
  • Venous and dialysis access 
  • Breast biopsy and localization 
  • Fallopian tube recanalization 
  • Treatment for varicoceles in males and pelvic congestion in females 
  •  IVC filter insertion and treatment of venous disease

For more information about Interventional Radiology Services at Swedish Covenant Hospital, call 773-989-3814.

Swedish Covenant Hospital offers advanced diagnostic tools in detecting osteoporosis, a condition that mostly affects women and is responsible for 1.5 million fractures annually.

"Early detection using bone density measurement is the best way to protect yourself from the potentially debilitating effects of osteoporosis," says Bruce Silver, MD, chair of radiology at Swedish Covenant Hospital, located on Chicago's North Side. 

"This simple test can help your primary care physician determine if you need to take certain steps to protect your bones."

The bone density test is accurate, safe, quick, non-invasive and comfortable. The test takes 15 to 20 minutes and measures the bone density of the patient's hip and spine by using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). Radiation levels are very low - much lower than a standard chest X-ray. Test results are sent on to the patient's primary care physician, who then consults with the patient to discuss the outcome.

For more information about services available at Swedish Covenant Hospital, call 773-989-3814.


Uterine fibroids, which can cause pain and bleeding, affect up to 40 percent of women ages 35 and older.

Until recently, the primary treatment with known, long-term success for these women was a hysterectomy.

Uterine fibroid embolization is another much less invasive procedure that has now been shown to have excellent long-term results. Uterine fibroid embolization delivers medicine that shrinks the blood supply directly to the fibroid and offers less risk, less pain, and less recovery time than surgery. "Women who undergo this procedure are back on their feet within days, rather than the months it might take to recuperate from the surgery of a hysterectomy," says Michael Brunner, MD, chief of interventional radiology and co-chair of the radiology department at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago.

Working closely with the patient's gynecologists, Brunner and interventional radiologist Adam Finkelstein, MD, can offer a valuable option to patients who wish to avoid invasive surgery. "I have spoken to women who have had a hysterectomy who weren't aware that UFE was an option," says Dr. Finkelstein. "It is so important for symptomatic women to know all their options, so they can make the best choice based on their physician's recommendations." "It gives women a choice and more control over what happens to their bodies," Dr. Brunner adds.

For more information about uterine fibroid embolization, call 773-989-6242.

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