Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology uses minimally invasive procedures guided by images of the body to diagnose and treat numerous types of medical conditions. The images provide a "road map" that allows the radiologist to guide tiny instruments, such as needles or small catheters, through the body to the area of interest.

  • About interventional radiology
    • Uses minimally invasive techniques with imaging to guide the procedure.
    • X-ray, CT, MRI or ultrasound are used during interventional radiology procedures.
    • Many conditions, including cancer, can be treated using interventional radiology techniques, offering less pain and less recovery time than open surgery.
  • What is interventional radiology?

    Interventional radiology (IR) is a medical specialty offering minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using radiologic imaging to guide the procedure.

    Interventional radiology treatments have become the primary method of care for a variety of conditions, offering less risk, less pain and less recovery time, compared with open surgery. Imaging tests used during interventional radiology include X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, and CT.

    Interventional radiologists have extensive training and must show expertise in radiation safety, radiation physics, the biological effects of radiation and radiation injury prevention.

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  • What conditions/treatments involve interventional radiology?
    • Angiography
    • Angioplasty
    • Biliary Procedures
    • Biopsies
    • Minimally invasive cancer treatments, including chemoembolization and radioembolization and cryoablation.
    • Catheter insertion
    • Embolization – Used to treat uterine fibroids, trauma victims with massive bleeding, control hemorrhage after childbirth, and as a treatment prior to surgery to decrease blood loss.
    • Fallopian tube recanalization
    • Feeding tubes 
    • Kyphoplasty – Minimally invasive surgical procedure used for treating a compression fracture.
    • Myelogram
    • Needle Biopsy
    • Radiofrequency Ablation
    • Varicoceles – Varicose vein of the testicle and scrotum.
    • Varicose and spider vein treatment
    • Vertebroplasty – Pain treatment for vertebral compression fractures.

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