What Is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology (IR) uses imaging, such as ultrasounds, CT scans, or MRIs, to treat diseases and conditions without major surgery. When you undergo an IR procedure, your physician examines images of your internal structures and makes small incisions to deliver treatment directly where it is needed. IR procedures are minimally invasive and carry fewer risks than many traditional surgeries. If you are in need of interventional radiology procedures in Dallas, Fort Worth, or Arlington, TX, contact our facility to learn more about these advanced technologies and receive a referral to an IR specialist.
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Who Is A Candidate for Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology treatments can be effective for treating many diseases and conditions. Some of the most commonly treated diseases and conditions are:
- Digestive diseases
- Blood clots
- Varicose veins
- Visceral aneurysms
USMD Hospital at Arlington also has a hybrid OR that contains both the tools for traditional surgeries and the advanced imaging technologies used in interventional radiology, allowing surgeons to perform minimally invasive and image-guided procedures.
What Happens During Interventional Radiology?
During an interventional radiology procedure, the physician will examine images of the patient's internal structures, which are obtained with an MRI, CT scan, or ultrasound. Without making any major incisions, the physician will insert a needle or a catheter into the patient's body and then use the images to guide the small instrument to the designated treatment area. Patients undergoing an interventional radiology procedure will typically not be under general anesthesia, though they may be mildly sedated to ensure they remain comfortable during the procedure. As incisions made during interventional radiology are extremely small, they will generally not require sutures once the procedure has been completed. These advanced procedures allow for a significantly shorter recovery period and less chance of complication.
Advanced Technologies for Superior Treatments
USMD Hospital at Arlington is proud to offer the most effective and minimally invasive treatments available. Our mission is to remain at the forefront of new and beneficial technologies that help you recover and get back to enjoying what you love. For assistance in contacting an interventional radiologist on our medical staff, please contact our hospital or use our physician finder tool.