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Mercy Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology, one of the most complex and patient-care oriented fields in radiology, is a medical specialty that uses image-guided, minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment techniques that are often an alternative to surgery.

Interventional radiology is often used to diagnose and treat conditions in the blood vessels and is essential for endovascular (non-surgical) interventions such as angioplasty, stent placement, embolization and related procedures. Interventional radiology is also used to to treat uterine fibroids, liver disease, tumors and and peripheral vascular disease.

Interventional radiologists are highly trained in imaging, radiation safety, the performance of medical procedures, and patient management, an integral part of their practice. Interventional radiologists treat diseases nonoperatively, often using small catheters or other devices and tools guided by radiologic imaging. Procedures performed by interventional radiologists are generally less costly and are less traumatic to the patient, involving smaller incisions, less pain, and shorter hospital stays.

Some advantages of interventional radiology

  • Risk, pain and recovery time are significantly reduced in many cases. 
  • Many procedures can be performed without an overnight stay in the hospital. 
  • General anesthesia is usually not required. 
  • Procedures are often less expensive than surgical alternatives.

For general radiology information please call 763-236-7150.

Source: Mercy & Unity Hospitals, Medical Imaging
Reviewed By: Bradley Brockel, Technical Coordinator - Special Procedures and Judy Martinson, Technical Coordinator - Special Procedures
First Published: 01/01/2005
Last Reviewed: 05/09/2006