Dr. Robert Andrews

Interventional Radiology
Seattle, WA
38 years experience male

Locations

Office

Seattle, WA

Address

1229 Madison St Ste 900, Seattle, WA
Directions

Insurances accepted

No Value

Medicaid

Medicare

About

Bio

I spent the first 15 years of my career in academic practice, developing new procedures and training the next generation of physicians in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. For the six-year period immediately prior to joining Swedish, I was the Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Washington. I am fortunate enough to have had a role in the development of many medical procedures and techniques that are now routine, including Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), minimally-invasive therapy for varicose veins and venous insufficiency, and the use of stents and stent-grafts (endografts) for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease and aneurysms. I enjoy wakeboarding, snow skiing, and biking with my wife and two young daughters.

Specialties
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Interventional Radiology

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231 Answers
11 Agrees
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
If : If you're losing weight without trying to do so--especially if you have not had any changes in your level of activity or your food intake--then it wou... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
It : It sounds like she's progressed from having pneumonia to having infected fluid around the lung (called empyema). Empyema is treated by placing large-b... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
A : A height of 5'3" and a weight of 95 lb correspond to a body mass index of 16.8. The normal bmi is considered to be between 18.5 and 24.9, so you fall... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
There : There are some food items that can cause green stool. Black licorice, for instance, can do so. However, as indicated by the other folks who've answe... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
The : The bigger concern is that having unprotected sex with an IV drug user exposes you to hepatitis and hiv. By comparison, the very small risk of your t... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
This : This is a very difficult question to answer without having more information. Hepatitis can be caused by a number of things, including infection, auto... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
In : In a word, no. A single ct scan is exceedingly unlikely to cause you any problem of any kind at any point in your life. It is not possible to say th... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Given : Given the age factor, in vitro fertilization is probably your best bet. If you can't or won't undergo either reversal of the tubal ligation (which tak... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Kidney : Kidney infections, kidney stones, cramps, and blood in the urine are all interrelated. A stone can cause bleeding, crampy pain, and infection. An in... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Having : Having had a hysterectomy does not definitively protect against gynecologic problems. For example, it is possible to have cervical cancer even if the... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
If : If you are having unprotected sex, then yes, you can get cervical cancer. Or gonorrhea or HIV or pregnant. Birth control pills will reduce your chanc... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
This : This sounds like an excerpt from an MRI or myelogram of the lower spine. What's being described is a fairly typical finding for someone with degenera... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Hernias : Hernias can certainly cause discomfort in the scrotum if a loop of bowel or fat from the abdomen bulges into that space and presses on the testicle. ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
By : By definition, a vein has to be bulging out before you can call it varicose. Varicose veins can be tender to the touch, but if this is a new or sudde... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
If : If she has an infection (as the antibiotic prescription suggests), that alone could cause some fluid to weep from the site. If not, the causes of flu... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Blood : Blood from the bowel needs to be evaluated by colonoscopy. It could be something as benign as hemorrhoids or something as serious as a tumor. Infectio... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Poison : Poison ivy and its relatives produce an oil that causes the familiar rash and itching on contact. This oil can get onto surfaces other than the skin ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
You : You can get aids only a few ways: you can be born with it; you can get it from blood transfusions; you can get it from sharing needles (iv drugs, tato... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
If : If you can bend the finger, then it's unlikely that you've got a major break that goes across the bone. However, it is possible to break off the part... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
I : I don't know of an interaction between marijuana and antibiotics like metronidazole, but then again since marijuana is not a legal drug it has not bee... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Thought : Thought the location of your pain would be consistent with a heart problem, the type of pain (stabbing), its onset at rest, and your age and gender al... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Your : Your doctor probably gave you that estimate based upon when your previous period started. It's really just an estimate, though probably accurate with... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
You : You haven't specified a timeline, so it's not clear how long you've been unable to urinate. If it's more than a few hours, that would suggest a probl... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Very : Very high blood pressure can definitely cause headaches. That's not the only cause, of course, but if your headaches are in fact caused by your high ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Not : Not on the basis of the problem you've described. Even if the cyst somehow destroyed the ovary or the fallopian tube on that side (which is not likely... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Yes, : Yes, the is a condition in which a parent or other guardian figure pretends that a child is ill so that the older person gets attention. It's called ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Swelling, : Swelling, itching, and pain in the legs that gets worse with standing is a pretty classic picture of venous outflow problems. This can happen with bl... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Yes, : Yes, it's possible to get pregnant after the tubes are tied and burned. It's not common, but neither is it rare. If you think you may be pregnant, yo... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
In : In answer to your question about aneurysms and ct: when a patient presents with a really severe headache, we do a ct to look for evidence of bleedin... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
I : I don't think this would hurt your gums, but neither do I think it wil help to hold the plate in place. Superglue doesn't bond well to damp surfaces ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
If : If you have very strong-smelling stool, and if it's very dark in color, you may be having melena. Melena is clasically described as "black, tarry sto... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Have : Have you been tested for gastroparesis? Diabetics are at risk for this condition, in which the stomach loses its ability to push food out into the in... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Neurosurgeons : Neurosurgeons look at mris of the spine and brain to plan their approach to a problem, using these studies as part of their toolbox for evaluating pat... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
I : I think it would be worth visiting your doctor to discuss this. One condition that can cause little "blood cysts" is thrombocytopenic pupura, which i... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
The : The first concern for a concussion or brain injury, independent of his other medical problems. If he continues to have symptoms, he should go to the e... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Blood : Blood on the stool can be caused by hemorrhoids. Blood mixed with stool suggests a process happening higher in the intestinal tree. This can be infe... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
An : An inr of 1.67 is pretty high. As you've indicated, this can often be seen with liver disease, and one would expect the other values to be abnormal a... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Cysts : Cysts in the testicle or an adjacent structure called the epididymis are pretty common and are usually of no clinical significance. They rarely requi... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
It's : It's difficult to know whether there was a medical error in this case without going through the medical record in detail, but it certainly sounds susp... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Cirrhosis : Cirrhosis can be caused by many different things, including infections like hepatitis, alcohol abuse, bile duct abnormalities, and metabolic problems.... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
You : You would not have any signs of pregnancy after three days, so that would not explain your symptoms. Still, you could very definitely be pregnant. Yo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Congestive : Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart is unable to move blood efficiently, and fluid builds up in the lungs and the tissues... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
The : The ankle-brachial index (abi) is a screening test that evaluates the likelihood of peripheral arterial blockage. It tests blood pressure in the dors... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
It's : It's difficult to know exactly what's going on here. Strokes don't really go together with bleeding from vessels that you would find by going "down h... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
The : The word "unremarkable" in this context means normal. It sounds like your wife has mild degenerative changes throughout her spine, but nothing that l... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
First : First trimester ultrasounds are accurate to within a few days. They are more accurate than an estimate based on your last period, especially if you ar... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Yes, : Yes, you should. And then you should invest in some oral contraceptives or condoms unless your goal is to get pregnant.
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Antibiotic : Antibiotic agents don't work for viral infections and should not be prescribed. However, it is often easier to write a prescription than to explain t... Read More
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
Most : Most dental insurance will not cover whitening, but many dentists offer it as a free service to new patients. Otherwise its $200.00-300.00.
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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 38 years experience
14 : 14 weeks is pretty early to be certain about the sex of a fetus. Still, if you get lucky and happen to catch the baby in just the right position, you ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Mar 27, 2013
Dr Andrews provides an excellent public service on Healthap. He gives the best radiology answers I have read by any contributors. He is knowledgable about many areas of medicine. I recommend Dr. Andr...Read More
Dr. Anne Larson
Nov 27, 2012
I have worked with Dr. Andrews for over 10 years and he is the most outstanding interventional radiologist I have worked with. He is caring, thoughful, patient oriented, and technically gifted.
Dr. Bruce Tung
Nov 27, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Highly experienced interventional radiologist with excellent judgment
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Thx for the reply. So I've gone now 3 times.the 2nd time no blood the 3rd a little in some of the stool. Just wondering if I should go n2 ER
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Probably avoiding salt would help too. Was in the hospital for CHF, and they made a big issue out of that. Thank you
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Despite itis not my q. But i make use of reading. Iam dr. Mind deve.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Graduated 1990MD

Medical/Graduate school

San Diego State University
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Residency

Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Awards

Best Doctors, Seattle Met Magazine
Best Doctors, WA (Washington Magazine)
Distinguised Reviewer, JVIR

Affiliations

Society of Interventional Radiology
American Roentgen Ray Society
American Board of Radiology

Publications

Pelvic Venous Congestion
Radiation Safety
Patient care and uterine artery embolization for leiomyomata.
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