What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional Radiology is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. Some of these procedures are done for diagnostic purposes, while others are done for treatment purposes. Pictures (images) are used to guide these procedures, which are usually done with tiny instruments like small tubes called catheters. The images provide land marks within the body which allows the Interventional Radiologist to guide these instruments through the body to the areas of interest. Some of the more commonly performed procedures in Interventional Radiology include Uterine artery embolization for treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids, vertebroplasty for treatment of compression fractures of the spine and angioplasty and stents for treatment of blockages of the arteries to the kidneys or blockages related to other vascular disease.