Interventional radiology is an exciting new field in medicine which over the past 10-20 years has provided innovative minimally invasive solutions to a wide variety of medical problems. What used to require invasive surgery just years ago can now be done through a pinhole – pinhole procedures!
Today, vascular & interventional radiology is synonymous with modern medicine: cutting edge solutions … without the cutting. Vascular & interventional radiologists are on the front lines of clinical advances and use of the latest image-guided technologies. At Imaging & Interventional Specialists image guidance is used to help guide miniaturized instruments (e.g. intravascular catheters designed for exact functions) to allow targeted and precise, state-of-the-art treatment – all though a pinhole.
Come and talk with one of our experts about how a “pinhole” procedure could be your best option.
WHAT IS INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY?
Intervention Radiology uses images to guided equipment around the body – via vessels – for precision and maximum impact with minimal invasiveness. Imaging and Interventional specialists use radiological image guidance to precisely target and treat a range of medical problems and diseases.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY?
Because interventional radiology is minimally invasive and usually starts with passing a needle through the skin to a target it is often called a “pinhole” procedure. Therefore, there are many benefits over conventional surgery or even laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery including:
- Faster recovery times
- Less risks
- Less pain
- Improve patient comfort
WHERE DID INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY COME FROM?
Interventional radiology is a modern, rapidly growing field of medicine but it is well established as well. Swedish pioneer Dr. Seldinger in 1923 first developed a technique to guide instruments into blood vessels. The Seldinger technique is the foundation of most interventional radiology procedures. However, it was not until the 1960s that Charles Dotter M.D. at Oregon University termed the phrase interventional radiology and invented minimally invasive treatments for cardiac and peripheral arterial disease. Over the intervening decades more and more minimally invasive, image guided procedures have been developed for a wide variety of conditions. The specialists at Imaging Interventional Specialists are successful and well versed at a wide variety of these “pinhole” procedures having undergone advanced training in interventional radiology.
WHY IS INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY SO INNOVATIVE?
The pioneers spirit permeates the exciting field of interventional radiology with innovations occurring rapidly over the past 20 year. New applications have been found, cutting-edge devices invented and improved upon and new imaging technologies developed. These have driven the continuing innovations.
Dr. Williams, Imaging & Interventional Specialist, in fact brought innovative treatments to El Paso and, as a world leader in the field, became the first to perform specialized interventional cancer treatments in this region.
WHY IMAGING & INTERVENTIONAL SPECIALISTS?
As Interventional Radiology becomes a leading choice for patients the highly trained experts at Imaging & Interventional Specialists become a first choice for you offering the most modern, most effective, minimally invasive image guided procedures. These procedures offer short recovery times, less risk, increased patient comfort, less pain and are well sutured.