Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted disease treatment. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-rays, MRI and other imaging modalities to advance a catheter in the body to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine.

Today many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.

Common interventional radiological procedures include: angioplasty; thrombolytic therapy for blood clots; chemoembolism--delivery of chemotherapy directly to the site of the tumor; infection and abscess drainage; uterine fibroid embolization; removal of a urinary tract or fallopian tube obstruction; needle biopsy; and radiofrequency ablation. Research and technological innovations are rapid in this field. Practice options include academic medical centers, community hospitals, and group private practices.

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