The vascular system, also known as the circulatory system, is a large network of organs and vessels responsible for the flow of blood, nutrients, hormones, oxygen and other gases to and from cells. Without the circulatory system, the body would not be able to fight disease or maintain a stable internal environment. Vascular disease, used to describe a group of conditions which affect your vascular system, is very common and can be serious.
How do interventional radiologists treat vascular disease?
Interventional radiologists use X-rays, CT, MRI or other imaging guidance to navigate small instruments, like catheters and needles, through blood vessels and organs to treat a variety of diseases. Interventional treatments for vascular disease include angioplasty, stenting and thrombolysis.
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Caitlin Lander struggled for years to manage the impact of her chronic venous disease on her everyday life. Thanks to interventional radiology, she is getting back to living her best life—running, touring and taking care of her family.
IRs can also provide relief for your pain due to critical limb ischemia. Read about the role of IR in wound care, in IR Quarterly.
An interventional radiologist—or IR—can help you. IRs are board-certified physicians who use imaging guidance to deliver minimally invasive, targeted treatments with a quicker recovery. IRs help treat many of today’s toughest medical problems, including vascular diseases.
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Interventional radiologists have pioneered treatments that help alleviate the painful symptoms of peripheral vascular disease without surgery. Dr. Deepak Sudheendra, an interventional radiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, explains how techniques like stenting and balloons reopen blocked veins, restoring blood flow and the flow of everyday life.
Through a tiny nick in your skin, IRs use catheters to treat many conditions that once required major open surgery or are difficult to treat, such as cancers, uterine fibroids, varicose veins, and enlarged prostate.Learn more in the Glossary of IR Treatments