Interventional Radiology relies on advanced medical imaging technology to see inside the body and treat conditions that once required surgery. Using ultrasound, X-rays, CAT scans, MRI scans and other imaging methods, interventional radiologists can treat complex conditions with this minimally invasive method that reduces risk and gets patients back on their feet sooner.
What To Expect
IR procedures usually begin with identification of the pathway with imaging guidance. After imaging localization, depending on the procedure, a small needle or catheter could be used to perform the procedure. Most procedures require a short observation period after completion but are minimally invasive and designed as same-day procedures. Advanced imaging technology allows them to find the safest path through the body and effectively treat each unique problem. IR’s innovative method is less painful than other treatments and often produces better results with shorter recovery times.
Choosing the Best Treatment
With advancements in modern medicine, there is no longer one single way to treat medical conditions. We encourage patients to explore all of the available treatment options before making their decision. Patients should talk to their doctors about the best approach and ask about treatments that are less invasive.
FAQs sourced from the Society of Interventional Radiology
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