Interventional radiology (IR), also known as vascular and interventional radiology (VIR) or surgical radiology, is an independent medical specialty (previously a sub-specialty of radiology) providing minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatment of diseases in every organ system. Although the range of procedures performed by interventional radiologists is broad, the unifying concept behind these therapies is the use of the most modern, least invasive technique available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes.
Interventional radiologists are physicians who are specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions using miniaturized tools, while guiding their progress on x-ray or other imaging equipment. Interventional radiology treatments are generally easier for the patient than surgery because they involve no surgical incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter hospital stays. Your interventional radiologist will work closely with your primary care physician or specialist to be sure you receive the best possible care.
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