Interventional radiology is a new sub-specialty consisting of minimal surgical procedures under imaging guidance (computed tomography, angiography, or ultrasonography); it does not involve open surgery or require an operating room.
Specialists in interventional radiology use needles, tubes, and wires, to target different diseases in different organs by navigating inside the vessels or directly percutaneously. They can spot a problem and provide treatment such as uterine artery embolization Denver clinics offer before it becomes severe and specialize in various interventional procedures, such as:
Biopsy: Safe and efficient sampling of different diagnostic organs.
Drainage: Elimination of fluid collections such as ascites, bile, cysts, abscesses, etc., from the body.
Vascular treatments: Stenosis/ arterial or venous occlusions can be opened with the help of stents and balloons in other organs similar to the heart vessels. Sometimes specialists in interventional radiology may seek to close the vessels that cause bleeding, for example, in the lungs, intestines, etc. Vascular malformations and varicose veins that can cause serious health complications and aesthetic problems are also treated endovascularly.
Oncological treatments: Many tumors can be treated by ablative methods, heating, freezing, or chemicals. Another standard therapy that is primarily used for primary and metastatic liver tumors is to block the vessels that feed the tumor using soft particles (embolization), chemotherapeutic agents (chemo-embolization), or radioactive isotopes (radio-embolization).
Neurological treatments: Angiography can treat acute stroke by removing the clot from the cerebral vessels if diagnosed within 6 hours.