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Interventional Radiology


Background
 

Interventional Radiology is a branch of medicine in which a variety of small instruments (such as catheters and others) are placed into vessels or other pathways of the body, under the guidance of various imaging modalities, for the diagnosis and treatment of a large number of diseases. The imaging modalities are mostly X-Ray, but include MRI, CT, and ultrasound. Interventional Radiology is at the cutting edge of modern medicine and has brought significant improvements in current patient care, because it is safer and less invasive than traditional surgical methods. Interventional Radiology procedures are minimally invasive and more convenient for patients, because they are done with very small incisions or through natural body orifices, causing less pain, less scar, less disfigurement, and shorter recovery times. Patients who have had an interventional radiology procedure done usually resume their normal activity. Many IR procedures are performed on an outpatient basis or with a short hospital stay. Interventional radiologists are board certified in radiology with a specialization in percutaneous interventions using image guidance.

Other Links
 

 

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

More information on Interventional Radiology can be found at the following web sites:

Society of Interventional Radiology

The American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Radiologists

Patient Educational Resources:

From http://www.radiologyinfo.com. This is a web site with descriptions of radiologic procedures:

http://www.radiologyinfo.com/content/interventional/IR.htm

Medline Plus, a web site of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health also has many links under diagnostic imaging.

Interventional section members: