what is interventional radiology?
Interventional Radiology (IR) is a medical speciality utilizing radiologic imaging to diagnose and treat disease with minimally invasive procedures. Interventional radiologists are doctors trained in diagnostic imaging as well as interventional therapies. Interventional radiology utilizes fluoroscopy, MRI, CT and ultrasound to directly guide treatment. IR procedures often replace traditional, open surgery. These minimally invasive procedures can be performed with less risk, pain, recovery time and cost. During an IR procedure, radiologists target and treat disease with needles, catheters and wires, using imaging technology to identify road maps to internal systems. With this image-guided view, they are able to direct needles or catheters to the affected areas thus making the intervention precise, targeted, and effective.
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