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The Benefits of Interventional Radiology

Updated on June 19, 2013

Interventional Radiology is a fast growing subspecialty of radiology which has many benefits. The benefits are faster recovery, less pain, shorter hospital stay, minimal scarring and lower risk of secondary infections.

The Radiologist performs minimally invasive procedures using image guidance. These procedures are performed by Interventional Radiology physicians who are board certified radiologist with additional training using image guidance.


How Does It Work?

Radiologist use their expertise in reading x-rays, ultrasounds and other medical images to guide small instruments catheters tubes that measure a few milligram in diameter through the Blood vessels or other pathways that are necessary to treat the disease. The tools they use only demands tiny incisions, therefore less scarrng. The clarity and detail of advance imaging technology enable the radiologist to precisely navigate the instrument and operate on the target site.

Intervention Radiology has become routinely used to treat a variety of medical conditions that once demanded open surgery. The interventional radiology procedures are increasing and replacing traditional surgical interventions as a safety less expensive and effective alternative.

Some interventional radiology procedures have been developed especially to imprve the quality of life for patients with severe illnesses, such as cancer.

Physicians predict that some of the illnesses presenting the greatest surgical risk for patients will be treated by Interventional Radiologist with minimal discomfort and long lasting results.


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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Someone I know just had a procedure done where the doctors used a small scope to view the area they were working on. It's fascinating to see what doctors can do these days.

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      Thanks MarlenceB! I work in Interventional Radiology and I have seen some amazing results behind different procedures done in IR. Im glad you find this hub enlightening.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      It is good to know that there are such specialties and that this specialization allows such precision of care and less scarring. Your hub is quite enlightening. I enjoyed learning about interventional radiology.