What is Interventional Radiology?

Patients suffering from a variety of symptoms such as leg pains, cramping, high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, burning or throbbing sensations in their muscle tissue, or pain experienced while resting, will often find themselves in need of surgical corrections. Sufferers of peripheral vascular disease (PVD), varicose or spider veins, or other ailments may require treatment. In the past, high-risk surgeries were the only option, but modern, minimally invasive methods have changed patient treatment dramatically. 

Interventional radiology utilizes the most advanced medical imaging equipment and uses the latest, minimally invasive techniques. Rather than the large incisions of traditional surgery, these methods allow the entrance of tiny probes and cameras, which are both capable of gathering all necessary information about the patient’s ailments, as well as being used to administer treatment. The applications of interventional radiology are also used in the treatment of a variety of diseases and health conditions.

Interventional radiologists are meticulously trained at interpreting every type of medical imagery, including:

  • X-rays
  • Ultrasounds
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT)

Correctly analyzing images allows specialists to make accurate diagnoses, and deliver effective treatments for a wide range of illnesses without resorting to invasive surgical methods. Access to pin-point imagery allows targeted treatments that are typically less risky, less painful, and take less time to recover from.

What Are the Advantages of Interventional Radiology?

The most important advantages of using this new surgical method include:

  • Short clinical stays instead of lengthy in-hospital recovery time. Beyond that, patients can often recover at home as outpatients.
  • General anesthesia is not normally required.
  • These procedures minimize the pain during recovery sometimes experienced by patients.
  • Interventional radiology surgeries involve much less risk than the traditional surgical methods they replace.
  • The surgery can usually be concluded more quickly than older methods.
  • There are no large incision scars resulting from the surgery.
  • Post-surgical recovery time is significantly shortened.

If you have further questions about interventional radiology, call MIIGS at 318-445-9700 or visit our website to obtain more information. By submitting an online form, you can conveniently schedule a free consultation for yourself, or for a loved one who could potentially benefit from interventional radiology procedures.