Interventional radiology (IR) is also known as vascular and interventional radiology (VIR) or surgical radiology. Interventional radiology is a medical subspecialty of radiology utilizing minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes. Many conditions can now be treated non-surgically by interventional radiologists. Physical trauma to the patient is minimized therefore significantly reducing risk of infection, recovery times and hospital stays.
Northwest Radiology interventional radiologists are specialists who use minimally-invasive procedures to diagnose or treat disease with the advantage of being far less invasive than traditional surgery.
Common interventional radiology procedures include:
- Ablation – the surgical removal of a body part or tissue, such as a cancerous tumor, without harming the surrounding tissue
- Embolization – the process of blocking the flow of blood in selected arteries to stop hemorrhaging or to block the blood supply to a tumor
- Catheter-directed thrombolysis – a procedure used to clear blood clots