Uterine Fibroids
Peripheral Vascular
Dr Donald Robertson

Dr Donald Roberson – a senior Vascular Radiologist can offer patients and referral physicians a host of treatment options that are minimally invasive and non-surgical resulting in less risk and pain. Using X-rays, CT and Ultrasound imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery.

A glossary of common interventional techniques is below.

An X-ray exam of the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages and other blood vessel problems; uses a catheter to enter the blood vessel and a contrast agent (X-ray dye) to make the artery or vein visible on the X-ray. 

Balloon Angioplasty
Opens blocked or narrowed blood vessels by inserting a very small balloon into the vessel and inflating it. Used to unblock clogged arteries in the legs or arms (called peripheral vascular disease or PVD), or elsewhere in the body.

Bleeding Internally
Interventional radiologists can pinpoint the area of internal bleeding with angiography and inject a clotting substance, such as a gel, foam or tiny coils, through a thin catheter to stop the bleeding.

Delivery of cancer-fighting agents directly to the site of a cancer tumour; currently being used mostly to treat cancers of the endocrine system and liver cancers. 

Delivery of clotting agents (coils, plastic particles, gel, foam, etc.) directly to an area that is bleeding or to block blood flow to a problem area as a result of trauma.

Hemodialysis Access Maintenance
Use of angioplasty or thrombolysis to open blocked AV fistulas for hemodialysis, which treats kidney failure.

High Blood Pressure
In some patients with high blood pressure, the condition is caused by a narrowing of the arteries in the kidneys. The problem, called renal hypertension, often can be treated with angioplasty.

Infection and Abscess Drainage
Patients with a variety of illnesses may develop an area of persistent infection (abscess) in the body. The infection can be drained by inserting a catheter through a small nick in the skin and to the site of the infection. Also used to treat complications of open surgery.

Needle Biopsy
Diagnostic test for breast, lung and other cancers; an alternative to surgical biopsy.

Post-partum Haemorrhage
Embolization of the uterine artery when there is uncontrollable bleeding after delivery of a baby. (see embolization above)

A small flexible tube made of plastic or wire mesh, used to treat a variety of medical conditions (e.g., to hold open clogged blood vessels or other pathways that have been narrowed or blocked by tumours or obstructions).

Dissolves blood clots by injecting clot-busting drugs at the site of the clot. Treats sudden onset of a blocked artery due to clot and may treat deep vein thrombosis in the arm or leg to prevent permanent disability.

Urinary Tract Obstruction
The ureter carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder and sometimes becomes blocked by kidney stones or other obstructions. The interventional radiologist inserts a catheter through a small nick in the skin and into the blocked kidney to drain the urine. 

Vena Cava Filter
A tiny cage-like device that is inserted into the main vein in the body to prevent clots reaching the heart or lungs. Prevents pulmonary embolism. 

If you have any questions, please email them to
Dr Robertson.

Dr Donald B Robertson.

Dr Robertson has over 30 years experience in minimally invasive vascular intervention including vascular embolization. He is a pioneer of Endoluminal Vascular Intervention in Australia.

Dr Robertson takes an holistic interest in patients' wellbeing and he provides access to leading edge minimally invasive therapies. He takes a personal interest in pre- and post-procedural patient care.

He is a Consultant Radiologist & the Senior Vascular Radiologist with Barwon Health (The Geelong Hospital)
Dr Robertson is a member of: FRANZCR (Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists), and was Chairman of the Victorian Branch of the RANZCR for 7 years, and a Federal Councilor of the RANZCR for 7 years.