What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional Radiology (IR or VIR for Vascular Interventional Radiology) is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance (fluoroscopy/X-Ray). IR is used for diagnostic and therapeutic care for a wide variety of vascular and nonvascular conditions throughout the body. IR is also sometimes referred to as "Special Procedures."
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What Is Interventional Radiology used for?
IR offers an alternative to the surgical treatment of many conditions and can eliminate the need for hospitalization, in some cases. An Interventional Radiologist is a board-certified physician who specializes in minimally invasive targeted treatments. These specialized physicians offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available, coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-Ray and other imaging to advance a catheter and other small instruments in the body to diagnose or treat the disease, non-surgically. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, Interventional Radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine.
What does the equipment look like?
Above you will see a picture of one of our IR tables. This table allows X-ray images to be taken as needed to assist with the procedure.