Understanding interventional radiology
Interventional radiologists use imaging, like X-rays or MRIs, to see inside your body, pinpoint where the problem is and map out how to get there without surgery. Interventional radiologists then guide catheters through the vascular system, other pathways in the body, or through the skin, to treat disease or tumors directly at the source, via a small nick in the skin and X-ray guidance.
Advantages of interventional radiology procedures
While no treatment is risk free, the risks of interventional radiology procedures are far lower than the risks of open surgery, and are a major advance in medicine for patients.
Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay
General anesthesia is usually not required
Risk, pain and recovery time are often significantly reduced
Procedures can be less expensive than surgery or other alternatives
What do interventional radiologists treat?
By combining their expertise in diagnostic radiology with their advanced training in nonsurgical techniques using imaging guidance, interventional radiologists can conduct accurate needle biopsies, insert gastric tubes and treat a variety of ailments by delivering treatment directly to the source of the problem.
Some conditions treated using interventional radiology include: