What is Interventional Radiology? What is it used for?
Interventional radiology procedures involve the treatment of the patient,
as well as the diagnosis of disease. The exams treat an ever-widening
range of conditions inside the body from outside the body by inserting
various small instruments or tools, such as catheters or wires, with the
use of various x-ray and imaging techniques (i.e., CT scanners, fluoroscopy
and ultrasound scanners). Interventional radiology offers an alternative
to the surgical treatment of many conditions and can eliminate the need
for hospitalization, in some cases.
Some of the exams we offer in Diagnostic X-Ray imaging at MMCSC include
Angiography, Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM), Balloon Angioplasty, Biliary
Drainage and stenting, Central Venous Access, embolization, Chemoembolization,
infection and Abscess Drainage, Needle Biopsy, Radiofrequency Ablation,
stent Graft and myriad of other procedures.
Upon scheduling our specially trained Radiology nurses (RN) will provide
you with the information required. Prior to your exam our Radiology nurses
and specially trained IR technologists will explain the procedure to you.
The Radiologist will review all the details, discuss and get the consent
from you prior to the procedure.
Frequently asked questions:
How long will the X-Ray exam take?
Depending on the exam procedures range from one hour to three hours.
What is Intravenous contrast and when is it used?
Typically intravenous contrast agents are routinely used for most exams
for diagnosing and treatment of vascular diseases.
Patients must inform the Radiology nurse, IR technologist, the Radiologist
and the referring physician if they have any allergies particularly to
contrast used in Radiology exams.
Getting your results:
Your X-Ray images will be analyzed by a radiologist, a physician who specializes
in Interventional testing. The radiologist will send a signed report which
includes an interpretation of the image to your primary physician. Your
physician will receive your results soon after.
Our Team of Specialists:
Our board certified Radiologists are specially trained to diagnose and
interpret Interventional images. At MMCSC the Radiography technologists
are specially trained in the theory and practice of Interventional Radiography
procedures and assist the Radiologist operate the equipment used during
the procedure. The technologists are board certified and licensed (ARRT),
and MMCSC Radiology Department is fully accredited by the American College