Interventional Radiology Information for Referring Physicians

Interventional Radiologists Are Your Partners in Patient Care

Offer your patients the least invasive option first, with an interventional radiologist as your partner in patient care. Interventional radiology treatments have become first-line care for a wide variety of conditions. No other partner offers you multimodality state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic expertise, coupled with an unparalleled clinical experience across specialties and in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments.

Interventional radiologists provide clinical patient management and can manage the surgical referral or other care if needed. Click here for a snap shot of common IR treatments.

Non-member Physicians

As a physician, knowledge of and association with interventional radiology can benefit you in many ways. SIR's Associate Member category is specifically for physicians who are board certified in a specialty outside of radiology.

SIR provides all members with the resources, advocacy and training to help them excel at every stage of their career. SIR offers a variety of membership categories for all medical professionals who are affiliated with the field of interventional radiology. Members also receive discounted registration rates for all SIR events, including SIR 2014.

Visit membership or contact SIR for more information on joining today.

Interventional Radiology Resources

Below is a list of the more common treatments and links to bibliographies.

IR Store

If you would like to purchase brochures for your practice, they are available through our IR store.

Doctor Finder

In addition, you can find an IR near you by simply visiting our Doctor Finder and following the prompts.

What Is Interventional Radiology?

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Angiography and Stents



Catheter Care

Central Venous Access

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Hemodialysis Access

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telanglectasia


  • Infertility Patient Information
    Interventional radiologists treat blocked fallopian tubes in women and varicoceles in men that cause infertility.
  • Video: Minimally Invasive Treatment for Male Infertility Caused by Varicoceles

Liver Disease

Interventional radiologists can treat cirrhosis and portal hypertension with a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS).

Needle Biopsy


Pelvic Congestion Syndrome - Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain that worsens with standing is often caused by varicose veins in the pelvis that can be treated with interventional radiology.

Peripheral Arterial Disease

As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine.

Renovascular Hypertension


  • Video: Peripheral Arterial Disease and Smoking

Interventional treatments are available for the many diseases caused by smoking.


  • Stroke and Carotid Artery Disease Patient Information
  • Interventional Radiology Stroke Bibliography
  • Video: Stroke Prevention Treatment: Nonsurgical Carotid Stenting in High-Risk Diabetics

Uterine Embolization

  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization Bibliography
  • Video: Uterine Fibroid Embolization Effective as Myomectomy Surgery

August 2008 practice recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say uterine artery embolization is "safe and effective," based on good, consistent Level A scientific evidence (ACOG Practice Bulletin, 96, August 2008).


Varicose Veins


Society of Interventional Radiology Commentary on Vertebroplasty and the August Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 24, 2009