Interventional radiologists (IRs) are trained Radiologists who use their expertise in reading X-rays, ultrasound, CT and other medical images to “see” inside the body. Under image guidance, through a small hole (2mm nick in the skin) they guide small instruments such as needles and catheters (tubes that measure just a few millimeters in diameter) through the blood vessels or other body pathways to the site of a problem to treat or detect disease percutaneously (through the skin). These procedures are performed in an interventional department (not in an operating theatre). In simple terms, Interventional Radiologists “Not Just Diagnose But Treat too” with minimal invasive techniques.
Interventional radiology is constantly expanding as new techniques and technologies are developed and applied to enhance patient care. As we aim to provide state of the art treatment to our patients, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon has taken initiative by setting up dedicated Interventional Radiology OPD. Walk-in or referred patients undergoing these procedures are counseled by the interventional radiologist. This “all inclusive” type of clinical service underlines that there is more to interventional radiology than simply a referral service.
- These are highly sophisticated medical procedures and do not involve large incisions and therefore are much less invasive.
- In majority of cases, local anesthetic is used instead of general anesthesia.
- Risk, pain and recovery time are often significantly reduced.
- Most procedures do not require hospital admission (done as an outpatient) or require only a short hospital and therefore
- The procedures are sometimes less expensive than surgery or other alternatives.
All imaging tools are at the disposal of the interventional radiologist (IR), whose knowledge of the unique advantages and limitations of each modality allows him/her to efficiently perform safe and effective procedures.