Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology (IR) is a specialty of radiology in which minimally invasive, image-guided procedures are used to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases in nearly every organ system of the body. IR focuses on patient treatment and care using the least invasive techniques available in order to minimize complications and discomfort while improving outcomes.

MMI interventional radiologists offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available, coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. While a traditional diagnostic radiologist uses medical imaging to rule out or uncover a problem, and then turn his or her findings over to another specialist, an interventional radiologist is trained to treat most of the diseases that he or she will detect. In this way, the interventional radiologist works closely with patients and referring physicians to explain and perform the procedure, as well as provide follow up care.

IR offers less risk, pain, and shorter recovery time compared to traditional surgery. Many IR procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis with little to no sedation required, allowing patients to return home the same day as their procedure.

Using X-rays, CT, ultrasound, MRI, and other imaging devices to guide their work, interventional radiologists obtain images which enable them to direct therapeutic instruments throughout the body’s arteries and organs. These procedures are usually performed using needles and/or narrow tubes called catheters. In performing IR procedures, MMI interventional radiologists are able to do things like open blocked blood vessels, drain obstructions, obtain biopsies, and treat diseases and conditions such as certain cancers, clogged arteries, gynecological conditions like pelvic pain and uterine fibroids, leg pain stemming from blood clots and varicose veins, along with many other exams that increase patients’ comfort and quality of life.