What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional Radiology is a branch of radiology where specialists use their skills in imaging along with excellent technical ability to perform minimally invasive treatments. Their background in radiology and expertise in reading scans means they are experts in using x-ray, ultrasound, CT or MRI in real time to safely guide treatment.
Interventional Radiology is a central specialty in the delivery of modern medical care. Many people may have been treated by Interventional Radiologists without having met one – IRs are commonly involved in the treatment of people with life-threatening bleeding either after trauma, surgery or labour.
Interventional Radiology has pioneered the treatment of disease in this manner across the body, for example in coronary stent procedures, leg arterial disease, and stroke treatment. New cutting-edge treatments offered by IR in this manner include treatment of obesity and osteoarthritis (currently under investigation in clinical trials).
What are the benefits?
Interventional Radiology delivers a host of benefits to patients, especially when compared with the more traditional treatment options available. Benefits include:
- Minimally Invasive
- Less painful
- Quicker Recovery
- No scar
- Less expensive than surgical options
- Unfit or anticoagulated patients can be safely treated
What is an Interventional Radiologist?
An Interventional Radiologist is a highly trained medical specialist who has undergone general medical training, radiology training, and sub-specialty training in the field of minimally invasive therapy.
Interventional Radiologists offer treatments in a special surgical theatre with high-end imaging x-ray equipment. The vast majority of treatments are performed under sedation (twilight) and local anaesthetic. Tiny specially designed tubes and wires are used inside blood vessels to deliver a range of treatments.
Access is often through a pinhole incision with no scar. This allows IRs to treat conditions without large scars and the associated complications. Interventional Radiologists can also offer treatment to patients who are unable to have more invasive surgical treatments due to other medical conditions or blood-thinner medication.
Their wide knowledge of, and their frequent interaction with other medical specialties means they have a solid understanding of the range of treatment options, often being able to suggest cutting edge treatment options when patients have been told none exists.
As a medical specialist, treatments cannot be performed before you have been seen in rooms for a consultation. For further information on how NBIR can help you please see the Conditions and Treatments sections of our website or Contact Us.