Interventional Radiology (IR) is the minimally invasive, image-guided treatment of medical conditions that once required open surgery. By harnessing the power of advanced imaging (Ultrasound, Digital Radiography (X-RAY), Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and other innovative methods), interventional radiologists can see inside your body and treat complex conditions less invasively and with unprecedented precision.
Interventional radiology is used for:
- Line and tube placement in connection with chemotherapy
- Treatment of blood vessels
- Tumor biopsies that would otherwise require surgery
- To drain fluid and abscess
The essential skills of an interventional radiologist are in diagnostic image interpretation, the manipulation of needles and the use of fine catheter tubes and wires to navigate around the body under image guidance. Interventional radiologists are doctors who are trained in diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology.
Well recognized advantages of these minimally invasive techniques include reduced risks, out-patient rather than in-hospital stays, lower costs, greater comfort, and quicker recovery time. The effectiveness of treatment is often better than with traditional methods.
UDMI commonly performs the following procedures:
- Chest port placement
- Central line placement
- PICC line placement
- Port Evaluation/Patency
- HD catheter placement
- Thyroid biopsy / Head & neck biopsy
- Breast biopsy
- Liver biopsy / Abdominal pelvic visceral biopsy
- Lymph node biopsy
- Lung biopsy
- Biliary drainage
- Catheter evaluation