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What is Interventional Radiology and What Do Interventional Radiologists Do?
Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-rays, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine.
Today many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.
When it comes to the best practices for safely performing minimally invasive treatments, interventional radiologists established the procedures and the standards for safety and quality. Patient safety is incorporated into the development of these advances because interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology training programs include radiation safety, radiation physics, the biological effects of radiation and injury prevention.
« Interventional Radiology
« Interventional Oncology
« Interventional Oncology is the performance of image-guided, minimally-invasive techniques by trained experts. Most Interventional Oncology procedures are either outpatient or require an overnight stay in the hospital with minimal recovery time.
« Dialysis Intervention
« Dialysis and Access Interventions are minimally invasive procedures performed to improve blood flow in the fistula and grafts placed in the blood vessels of dialysis patients. Your doctor may recommend a Dialysis and Access Intervention to treat:
« Narrowing of dialysis fistula or grafts. When there is decreased flow in a graft or fistula, angioplasty or angioplasty with vascular stenting may be performed.
« Thrombosis of dialysis fistulas or grafts. When blood does not flow smoothly, it can begin to coagulate, turning from a free-flowing liquid to a semi-solid gel, called a blood clot or thrombus. When blood clots in a fistula or graft prevent dialysis from being performed, catheter-directed thrombolysis with clot-dissolving drugs may be performed