What is interventional radiology?

Groundbreaking medicine.

IR delivers. Reduced risk ... less pain ... shorter recovery times.

Interventional radiology (also known as IR) is the minimally invasive, image-guided treatment of medical conditions that once required open surgery.

By harnessing the power of advanced imaging (ultrasound, X-rays, CAT scans, MRI scans and other innovative methods), interventional radiologists can see inside your body and treat complex conditions—even cardiovascular disease and cancer—less invasively and with unprecedented precision.

The result? IR can reduce the length of hospital stays, minimize potential complications and save lives.

<p>Interventional radiology is changing medical practice and improving the standard of patient care. Ask your doctor to refer you to an interventional radiologist, or use our <strong><a href="/link/cc534275406644ee9e82f5c93637e9a2.aspx">Doctor Finder</a>&nbsp;</strong>to find out what IR can do for you.</p>

Interventional radiology is changing medical practice and improving the standard of patient care. Ask your doctor to refer you to an interventional radiologist, or use our Doctor Finder to find out what IR can do for you.

Least invasive and most advanced.

The innovative techniques pioneered by interventional radiologists offer new and effective treatment options for patients, especially for those with challenging situations. 

Today, interventional radiologists perform minimally invasive treatments on a wide array of diseases and conditions in virtually all of the body's organ system, including:

  • Digestive organs: stomach, intestines and liver
  • Nerve tissues: spinal cord and brain
  • Chest cavity: lungs and respiratory system
  • Heart and vascular system: arteries, veins and blood vessels
  • Muskuloskeletal system: spine, bones and joints
  • Genital and urinary organs: testes, uterus, and kidneys
  • Other tissues and organs 

Interventional radiologists are an integral part of your care team--from initial consultation to coordinating your follow-up care. Independently or in collaboration with your other doctors, interventional radiologists will evaluate your medical condition, provide precisely the non-invasive treatment you need, and ensure that you receive optimal care.

What is IR?

Listen to an interventional radiologist explain how minimally invasive, image-guided techniques target and treat diseases at their source.

Modern medicine at its finest

Interventional radiologists are on the front lines of clinical advances and use of the latest image-guided technologies. They are board-certified physicians who are trained in both radiology and minimally invasive therapies.

The IR specialty was founded in the early 1960s by Charles Dotter, MD, who invented angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used to treat peripheral arterial disease.

Today, interventional radiology is synonymous with modern medicine.