What is an Interventional Radiologist?
An Interventional Radiologist, is a highly trained medical specialist who have undergone general medical training, radiology training and sub-specialty training in the field of minimally invasive therapy.
Interventional Radiologists offer treatments in a special surgical theatre with high-end imaging x-ray equipment. The vast majority of treatments are performed under sedation (twilight) and local anaesthetic. Tiny specially designed tubes and wires are used inside blood vessels to deliver a range of treatments. Access is often through a pinhole incision with no scar. This allows IRs to treat conditions without large scars and the associated complications. Interventional Radiologists can also offer treatment to patients who are unable to have more invasive surgical treatments due to other medical conditions or blood-thinner medication.
Their wide knowledge of, and their frequent interaction with other medical specialties means they have a solid understanding of the range of treatment options, often being able to suggest cutting edge treatment options when patients have been told none exists.
As a medical specialist, treatments cannot be performed before you have been seen in rooms for a consultation. For further information on how NBIR can help you please see the disease and treatment sections or get in touch.