Interventional radiology is a specialty of radiology in which image-guided procedures are used to diagnose and treat a multitude of diseases across all body systems. It is sometimes referred to as image-guided surgery, surgical radiology, or "pinhole" surgery. The procedures are performed by interventional radiologists who specialize in these minimally invasive, targeted treatments.
Using x-rays, CT, ultrasound, MRI and other imaging modalities as a guide, the physician advances a catheter or probe in the body to either diagnose or treat a condition. Interventional radiology procedures offer less risk, pain and recovery time compared to open surgery.
How will I get my results?
An interpreting physician (usually a radiologist) will read your exam and make a final diagnosis. His interpretation will be converted to a written report, which will be sent to the physician who ordered your exam. Your physician should present the findings of your exam to you. You may also sign up for a patient portal account at mycrmchealth.org to read your results online.