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Interventional Radiology collaborates with many different specialists to diagnose complex diseases and deliver leading-edge treatments using radiologic technology.
Interventional radiology, also known as image-guided surgery, refers to medical procedures performed using image guidance devices such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), x-rays and ultrasound. Surgical procedures are directed using images, which are obtained with needles and catheters (narrow tubes) through the veins to the disease site.
Interventional radiology is used to diagnose or treat disease, with the advantage of being far less invasive than traditional surgery. Instead of a large incision, IR requires a few small incisions, significantly reducing risk of infection, recovery times and hospital stays.
These procedures can benefit patients by targeting and downsizing cancer. Interventional radiologists can also help patients manage pain caused by cancer.
Patients who have not responded well to other treatments in a variety of fields can benefit from minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures, including: