How do I choose an interventional radiologist if I am considering adrenal venous sampling (AVS)?
Adrenal venous sampling (AVS) is recommended for all patients who have been diagnosed with primary aldosteronism and are considering surgery. The procedure is done by an interventional radiologist (IR). It is an invasive and expensive procedure, so you will want to select someone with experience. Only those radiologists who do AVS procedures routinely have a success rate of >95% and a very low rate of complications. All of the Centers of Excellence listed on this website have an experienced IR on staff to do AVS. There are certainly many other qualified IRs available, but you should be careful during your selection process to ask candidates about the number of procedures they have performed and their personal success rate.