Interventional Radiology

What is interventional radiology?

Interventional radiology offers an alternative to the surgical treatment of some conditions and can, in some cases, be performed in an outpatient setting, eliminating the need for hospitalization.

Interventional radiologists are involved in the diagnosis of disease, as well as the treatment of an ever-widening range of conditions from outside the patient’s body. As experts in the use of fluoroscopy, CT and ultrasound, they use these tools to perform guided ‘interventional’ procedures such as biopsies, draining fluids, inserting catheters, or dilating or stenting narrowed ducts or vessels.

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