Interventional radiology is a rapidly growing area of medicine that uses non-surgical or minimally invasive techniques for diagnosis and treatment of certain medical conditions.
Small catheters or other guided instruments are used to obtain images of blood vessels and to perform a range of treatments.
For some procedures, a very small incision is required. This is usually easier for the patient than conventional surgery, with less pain and a shorter recovery time.
In many cases, minimally invasive procedures are preferred over conventional surgery. For example, with balloon angioplasty, blocked or narrowed blood vessels can be opened by inserting a very small balloon into the vessel and inflating it.
Image-guided interventional procedures include:
Interventional radiology services are generally pain-free, non-invasive and available to both outpatients and inpatients.