Interventional Radiology at LCMH
Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-rays, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine.
For many years, surgery was the only treament available for many conditions. Today, many conditions can be treated less invasively by interventional radiogists. Inteventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery and are first-line care for a wide variety of conditions.
Interventional radiologists' unique blend of skills fosters innovation and enables them to quickly adapt their imaging expertise to pioneer nonsurgical treatments that are guided by imaging. They adapt a technique proven to work for one problem and apply it to another. When it comes to the best practices for safely performing minimally invasive treatments, interventional radiologists pioneered the procedures and the standards for safety and quality. Patient safety is incorporated into the development of these advances because interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology training programs include radiation safety, radiation physics, the biological effects of radiation and injury prevention.
LCMH’s Interventional Radiology service encompasses multiple sub-specialized sections, including oncology, peripheral vascular disease, deep venous thrombosis/pulmonary embolism, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, hypertension and end-stage renal disease, women’s health, pediatrics, pain management, and varicose veins.