Interventional Radiology allows healthcare providers to diagnose and treat conditions using X-rays, ultrasound or other medical images to guide them. Compared to traditional surgery, these procedures are generally less invasive and result in less pain and shorter recovery time. Interventional radiologists perform a variety of procedures, including:
This is an X-ray exam of the arteries and veins. It allows the radiologist to locate blockages or other blood vessel problems. A contrast agent, or X-ray dye, makes the artery or vein visible on the X-ray.
If a blockage is located in a blood vessel or other body pathway, a small flexible tube, or stent, can be used to hold the pathway open.
A biopsy is used to identify the cause of a lump or mass, or other abnormal condition in the body. The doctor uses an X-ray or other imaging technique to guide a small needle into the suspicious area and take a small sample of tissue to be tested by the lab.
Preparing for Interventional Radiology Procedure
Some interventional procedures require special preparation and some do not. You will be provided with more information at the time you make your appointment.