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Interventional radiology is a specialty of radiology in which image-guided procedures are used to non-surgically diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases. Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in these minimally invasive procedures.
Interventional radiologists thread narrow tubes, or catheters, through the body's arteries and organs. At every step, they use the images from X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, MRIs, and other imaging devices to direct their work. This allows the interventional radiologist to open blocked blood vessels, drain obstructions obtain biopsies and perform many other procedures. Interventional radiology is one of the most rapidly advancing areas of medicine.What is the difference between an interventional radiologist and a traditional radiologist?
A traditional "diagnostic" radiologist uses imaging devices to rule out or uncover a problem, and then turns his findings over to another specialist. An interventional radiologist is trained to treat most of the diseases he will discover. As the treating physician, the interventional radiologist works closely with the patient, explaining and performing the procedure, handling any unexpected events, and providing follow up care with the patient.
Conditions treated through interventional radiology
Interventional radiology uses minimally invasive medical technology to treat a wide variety of conditions and disease states. Some of these include:
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