What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology is a branch of radiology that uses different imaging techniques, such as ultrasound, to guide the doctor as he performs biopsies or other procedures. Dr. Deepak Das is an experienced interventional radiologist who offers this service to his patients at Excel Medical Imaging. To schedule a biopsy or another interventional radiology procedure, call the office in New Port Richey, Florida, today or book an appointment online.
Biopsy and Interventional Radiology Q & A
What is a biopsy?
A biopsy is a procedure in which a doctor takes a small piece of tissue from some part of your body. The tissue is then examined for signs of abnormalities, such as cancer.
What is interventional radiology?
Interventional radiology uses a range of techniques to visualize the inside of your body and guide the doctor’s hands during certain treatments, such as surgery. Some of the most common techniques radiologists use during interventional radiology procedures include magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, ultrasound, and X-ray.
When are these procedures necessary?
Your doctor may order a biopsy any time you have a lesion or suspicious growth inside your body. For example, if a mammogram shows a growth in your breast, your doctor may order a biopsy to determine whether the growth is cancerous.
Some of the most common issues treated by interventional radiology procedures include:
- Narrowing of your arteries
- Blocked veins
- Varicose veins
- Blood clots
- Tumor treatment
What happens during interventional radiology procedures?
Each type of interventional radiology procedure progresses somewhat differently, but most of these procedures involve an imaging scan combined with a surgical procedure. During the procedure, Dr. Das uses the imaging technique to guide him as he completes the procedure.
Some interventional radiology procedures require you to follow specific instructions before the procedure begins. To find out what instructions you should follow before your procedure, please contact Excel Medical Imaging.
What are the benefits of interventional radiology procedures?
Without the use of interventional radiology techniques, many of the procedures would be more invasive than they need to be. With the help of imaging, doctors can perform these procedures with:
- Fewer risks
- Greater comfort
- Lower costs
- Shorter hospital stays
- Shorter, easier recovery periods
- Better effectiveness
What are the risks of interventional radiology procedures?
Like all surgeries, interventional radiology procedures carry certain risks, such as a small risk of infection, bleeding, and tissue damage. However, because of the use of imaging techniques, the risks associated with interventional radiology procedures are generally lower than the risks associated with the same procedure performed without the help of imaging.