What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional Radiology (IR) is a medical specialty in which imaging guidance is used to provide minimally invasive treatments to a wide range of vascular and non-vascular conditions. Interventional radiologists use various imaging techniques (x-rays, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT, and MRI) to manipulate precise tools within the body, usually through a tiny needle puncture. These minimally invasive, non-surgical techniques are at the cutting edge of medicine, and are helping improve outcomes for patients with potentially life-threatening conditions.
Who are Interventional Radiologists?
An Interventional Radiologist is a physician specially trained to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques available. These advanced imaging procedures are replacing many open surgical procedures because they provide for smaller incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times.
What are the benefits of Interventional Radiology?
The benefits of these minimally invasive and highly precise procedures include:
Where are Interventional Radiology procedures performed?
These procedures are performed in a special IR lab, unlike conventional surgeries that are performed in an operating room. Beaumont Interventional Radiologists perform procedures at a variety of locations, including: