Interventional radiology is a branch of radiology that uses minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and to treat many illnesses, some of the most common examples being embolization in the treatment of uterine fibroids and liver tumors. The procedures used in interventional radiology are performed in the radiology department of hospitals, usually in an out-patient regime, without the need for hospitalization.
Interventional radiologists are highly trained medical specialists who undergo general medical training as well as lengthy specialized training to learn how to use the advanced technologies during the procedures. The range of procedures and treatment options used in interventional radiology being so wide, most interventional radiologists specialize in performing particular procedures and in the treatment of particular affections.
This also means that patients should perform some research of their own to find the best, most experienced specialist to treat their condition. Fortunately, there are many resources that patients can turn to during their search for the most suitable doctor – the hospitals that perform such interventions usually provide information about their doctors and patients can also turn to their primary care doctor for advice and recommendations. Interventional radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology, the organization being able to provide information about available specialists.