Interventional radiology is a specialty of radiology in which image-guided procedures are used to nonsurgically 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.
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Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, pain, and recovery time compared with traditional surgery. What previously required a trip to the operating room and several days in the hospital now can often be accomplished in a few hours, thanks to interventional radiology.
The five most important benefits to an interventional radiology procedure are:
- less trauma to the body
- less anesthesia
- quicker recovery
- shorter hospital stay
- less pain
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.
Why come to Littleton Adventist Hospital for your interventional radiology procedure?
Littleton Adventist Hospital offers a wide array of advanced interventional radiology treatments. We have built a unique environment that supports collaboration among many types of specialists to deliver the most innovative and highly specialized services for our patients.
Our board-certified interventional radiologists come from the nation's most respected training programs and universities. Many of them are nationally recognized experts.