What is interventional radiology?

Interventional radiology is a radiology specialisation, and an advanced imaging technique used to perform safe and precise medical procedures. But what makes interventional radiology from different methods? Instead of directly opting for open surgery, interventional radiologists obtain internal images of the body, and furthermore, interpret these images to diagnose injury and disease. This is done by using imaging procedures including X-Rays, MRI’s, scans, fluoroscopy, and others to see internal organs. If a surgery is required, the doctor uses small tools such as needles and tubes by entering a needle in a vein or an artery.

Interventional radiology at Dr. Ziauddin Hospital

As technology advanced, healthcare sectors and scientists across the world began devising medical technology techniques that aid in enhancing medical management of the populace. Amongst pioneering innovations that have helped improve the quality of healthcare on an international level is interventional radiology (IR).

Since Dr. Ziauddin Hospitals provides the state of the art treatment and quality healthcare, it was essential for the hospital administration to introduce this facility to the hospital for the benefit of all patients. Today, our interventional radiology department is amongst one of the most recognised in the country.

How can interventional radiology help?

  • Interventional radiology procedures are used to treat, block or remove tumours.
  • Clear blockages in blood vessels and is often accompanied by procedures like balloon angioplasty to clear any obstruction and open up the vessels
  • Cancer cells and tumours in the liver can now be burnt through this modern technique.
  • Interventional radiology plays a vital role in limb salvage for diabetes patients who face the risk of amputation.

Advantages of interventional radiology

Compared to conventional open surgery, there are several reasons why interventional radiology is considered a better form of treatment. Here are some of the advantages of interventional radiology:

  • Less Pain: Since IR procedures are performed through small incisions, less pain is experienced by patients.
  • Quicker Recovery Time: Since the procedures are minimally invasive, little recovery time is required.
  • Lower Costs: Since the procedures are non-invasive, cost of an overnight hospital stay is saved.
  • Effectiveness: Medical imaging technology gives radiologists high visibility throughout the procedure which increases accuracy of diagnosis.
  • Reduced Risks: Compared to conventional surgery, IR offers less blood loss and a lower risk for infection and other complications.