Interventional radiology is a safer, less invasive alternative to traditional surgery.

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Minimally Invasive Procedures

Interventional radiology uses minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including:

Through a tiny incision, interventional radiologists perform these procedures using special instruments, such as catheters (a long, thin, flexible tube) and needles to deliver treatment to any part of the body, with the guidance of real-time advanced imaging.

Guided by Advanced Imaging Techniques

For extreme precision, interventional radiology diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are guided by advanced imaging techniques, including:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scans: CT scans combine multiple X-ray images taken from different angles to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body, including images of the bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues.
  • Fluoroscopy: Similar to X-rays, fluoroscopy uses electromagnetic waves, capturing moving images, like an x-ray video. Fluoroscopy technology is most commonly used to view the digestive, skeletal, reproductive, respiratory, or urinary systems for both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans: MRI technology uses powerful magnets and radiofrequency waves to produce 3D images of soft tissues, such as organs and muscles.
  • X-ray imaging: X-ray imaging uses electromagnetic waves to create still images of the inside of the body. Most commonly, X-rays are a tool used to diagnose bone and joint-related conditions.
  • Ultrasound: Also known as sonography, ultrasound imaging relies on sound waves instead of radiation to produce moving images of the inside of the body. Often, ultrasounds are used during biopsy procedures or heart diagnostics.

Performed by Experts in the Field

Interventional radiologists are board-certified doctors who have completed additional subspecialty training to become experts in the field of interventional radiology. They also work closely with doctors in other medical specialties to provide comprehensive, personalized treatment that offers the best result for each and every patient.

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