Interventional radiology, sometimes referred to as vascular and interventional radiology, is a medical specialty relating to minimally invasive treatment of diseases and conditions with the aid of image-guiding and diagnostics. Interventional radiologists make use of imaging combined with minimally invasive techniques to provide treatments and offer procedures which carry lower risk than invasive techniques.
What does an interventional radiologist treat
Interventional radiologists are able to both diagnose and treat conditions through imaging. Some common diagnostic procedures include biopsy (sampling of tissue), cholangiography (imaging of the liver bile ducts), and angiography (imaging of the blood vessels to check for abnormalities).
An interventional radiologist makes use of imaging techniques such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, fluoroscopy, and ultrasound, to obtain images of the inside of the body. This allows them to diagnose injuries and diseases and decide on the best course of treatment.
Interventional radiologists can treat a broad range of conditions, including certain cancers, liver disease, peripheral arterial disease, vascular malformations, venous disease, and benign tumours such as fibroids. I
What procedures can interventional radiologists perform?
Interventional radiologists are able to perform a wide range of procedures (although many may specialise in a particular type), including: