Interventional Radiology, abbreviated IR, is an independent medical speciality, which is a
sub-speciality of radiology, that uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system.
The concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes.
As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, interventional radiologists pioneered modern minimally invasive medicine. Using X-rays, CT, ultrasound, MRI, and other imaging modalities, interventional radiologists obtain images that are then used to direct interventional instruments throughout the body. These procedures are usually performed using needles and narrow tubes called catheters, rather than by making large incisions into the body as in traditional surgery.
Interventional radiologists can now treat many conditions that once required surgery non-surgically. By minimizing the physical trauma to the patient, peripheral interventions can reduce infection rates and recovery time, as well as shorten hospital stays.
Interventional radiologists are doctors (radiologists) who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted-treatments performed using imaging guidance. They use their expertise in reading X-rays, ultrasound, CT, MRI, and other diagnostic imaging methods, to guide tiny instruments such as catheters, through blood vessels or through the skin to treat diseases without the need for surgery. Interventional radiologists are board-certified and fellowship trained in minimally invasive interventions using imaging guidance.
Their specialized training is certified by the Saudi Commission For Health Specialties. Your interventional radiologist will work closely with your gynecologist, primary care physician or other physicians to be sure you receive the best possible care.