Treatment Using Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiology is a specialty that uses a tiny incision, real-time image guidance to view inside the body, and minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions . Generally, these procedures are performed using special instruments, such as catheters (a long, thin, flexible tube) and needles to administer treatment to every part of the body.
Imaging techniques that can be used to guide an interventional radiology procedure include:
- Computed tomography (CT) scans
- Magnetic resonance (MR)
- X-ray imaging
Interventional radiologists are board-certified radiologists who have completed additional specialty training to become experts in the field of interventional radiology. They partner with experts in other medical specialties to provide comprehensive, personalized treatment that provides optimal results for each patient.
Benefits of Interventional Radiology
The outcomes achieved by interventional radiology procedures have been proven to be equal, and in some cases superior, to those of traditional open surgical procedures. In fact, for certain treatments, interventional radiology has replaced traditional open surgery.
Interventional radiology provides numerous potential benefits to patients compared to open surgical techniques, including:
- Shorter recovery time: Most interventional radiology procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that patients can generally go home the same day of the procedure.
- Less pain: The significantly smaller incision size associated with interventional radiology procedures means that patients generally experience less pain when recovering from a procedure.
- Reduced risk: Most interventional radiology procedures are performed using local anesthetic and a sedative to relax the patient, eliminating adverse reactions to general anesthesia. This also allows patients to be awake and conscious during the procedure, breathe on their own, and able to follow any instructions given by the medical team.
To learn more about the types of treatments our interventional radiologists perform or to make an appointment with one of our interventional radiology specialists, contact us at 202-877-9729 or make an appointment online.