IR is a subspecialty of radiology which utilizes minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. The concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes. Using imaging modalities, interventional radiologists obtain images which are used to direct interventional instruments throughout the body. These procedures use less invasive instruments as compared to traditional surgery.
Many conditions that once required surgery can now be treated non-surgically by interventional radiologists. Thus minimizing the physical trauma to the patient, significantly reducing risk of infection, recovery times and hospital stays.
Common Interventional radiology procedures include:
Image-guided biopsies, in many circumstances, have replaced the need for surgical biopsies. In order to obtain samples of tissue for examination, the doctor inserts a small needle, guided by imaging techniques, into the abnormal area. That sample is removed and given to a pathologist for further study.
Vertebroplasty is a treatment for vertebral compression fracture caused by osteoporosis. A collapsed vertebra is stabilized by the injection of bone cement into the spine. The procedure greatly reduces pain within hours and can prevent further collapse of the vertebra.
Interventional Radiology Services: