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Interventional Radiography (IR)

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Interventional Radiography (IR)

Interventional radiologists specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging guidance. They are often a good alternative to surgery because they involve tiny incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times. Interventional radiologists (IR's) use their expertise in reading X-rays, ultrasound and other medical images to guide small instruments such as catheters through the blood vessels or other pathways to treat disease.

Image Guided Biopsies

A biopsy is the removal of tissue in order to examine it for disease. The tissue samples can be taken from any part of the body. Often, the tissue is removed by placing a needle through the skin (percutaneously) to the area of abnormality. Biopsies can be safely performed with imaging guidance such as ultrasound, mammography, X-ray, and/or computed tomography (CT). These types of imaging are used to determine exactly where to place the needle and perform the biopsy. Once the tissue is removed, it is delivered to the Laboratory for further testing.

Image Guided Drainage or Aspiration

An image guided drainage or aspiration is the removal of fluid that relieves pressure and may be examined for disease. The fluid can be removed from various areas of the body. Often, the fluid is removed by placing a needle through the skin (percutaneously) to the area of abnormality. Drainages and aspirations can be safely performed by using ultrasound, mammography, X-ray, and/ or computed tomography (CT). These types of imaging are used to determine exactly where to place the needle and perform the procedure. Once the fluid is removed, it may be delivered to the Laboratory for further testing.