Interventional radiology is a subspecialty in Medical Imaging in which minimally invasive procedures are performed with image guidance. Some of these procedures are done for diagnostic purposes ( e.g. angiograms and biopsies); others are done for treatment purposes (e.g. uterine fibroid embolizations and fluid drainages).
Our interventional radiologists use equipment like X-rays, Ultrasound, CT or MRI to guide small needles and catheters through small insertions in the skin into blood vessels or tissue. These needles and catheters are advanced to areas containing disease or other abnormality.
Interventional radiology procedures often replace open surgical procedures and most can be performed on an outpatient basis or only require a short hospital stay. They are better tolerated by the patient since they do not involve large incisions. There is less risk than surgery, the patient experiences less pain and the recovery time is shorter.