Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology that utilizes minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases. The focus is to care for patients using the least invasive techniques to minimize patient complications and discomfort while improving outcomes.
Interventional radiologists pioneered many techniques in modern minimally invasive medicine, including balloon angioplasty and the use of catheter-delivered vascular stents. Using x-rays, CT, ultrasound, and MRI, interventional radiologists obtain images that enable them to direct therapeutic instruments. These procedures are usually performed using needles catheters and can eliminate the need for more invasive surgical procedures in many cases.
Examples of conditions treated by interventional radiologists include stroke, uterine fibroids, DVT, atherosclerosis, forms of cancer, internal bleeding, obstructions of the bile ducts and ureters, compression fractures of the spine, and a host of other common problems. By minimizing the physical trauma to the patient, imaging guided interventions can reduce complication rates, recovery times, and hospital stays.
Additional Diagnostic Areas of Specialization
- Breast Imaging
- Body Imaging
- General Imaging
- Cardiac Imaging
- Musculoskeletal (MSK) Imaging
- Neurological Imaging
- Nuclear Medicine Imaging
- Pediatric Imaging