What is interventional radiology?
“Interventional Radiology” (IR) refers to a range of techniques which rely on the use radiological image guidance (X-ray fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomography [CT] or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) to precisely target therapy. Most IR treatments are minimally invasive alternatives to open and laparoscopic surgery. Regarding the fact that many IR procedures start with passing a needle through the skin to the target it is sometimes called “pinhole surgery”.
Interventional radiology is minimally invasive treatment that can be used in every medical specialties and its options are always less invasive. Interventional radiologists can reach the very root of the medical problem through blood vessels or directly through skin thus performing precise and minimally invasive treatment. Many illnesses can be treated by interventional radiologist. Every year there are new discoveries, new locations of the root of the illnesses and new ways the health issues are treated.
First of all you should be informed so that you can find out all options about treatment of your problem or illness. As demands for minimally invasive surgery are more and more present Atlas General Hospital started procedures and began to cooperate with experts of this branch. You should insist on second opinion, do your research, inquire your doctor about the possibilities the medicine is capable to offer you, and one of these options is certainly Interventional radiology.
Advantages of interventional radiology:
- faster time of recovery
- less risk
- less pain than in open surgery
Interventional radiology is dynamic field of medicine that has been changing rapidly, but is not new one because millions of people suffer from peripheral artery diseases (PAD), or hardening of the arteries, and interventional radiologist treat these for years. Some patients need more than exercise and diet change-intervention that includes small balloon in clogged vein! Angioplasty was discovered by interventional radiologists in ’60s. It is golden standard for PAD.
Interventional radiology and procedures based on our hospital procedures we can divide in:
Interventional radiology of the digestive system
- balloon of dilatation of benign diseases
- stenting of benign and malignant stenosis
- chemoembolization and embolization
- dilatation of hepatic artery
- biliary drainage
- placement of biliary stents
Interventional radiology of urogenital tract
- placement of nephrostomy
- embolization of benign and malignant renal tumors
- embolization benign prostatic hyperplasia
Interventional radiology of reproductive system
- myoma embolisation
- varicocele embolisation
- embolization of pelvic congestion syndrome
On following links you can see some of the procedures of intervetional radiology:Search for additional information: Interventional radiology
Experts: Interventional radiology
Ass dr Marko JevrićGeneral surgery specialist
Dr Aleksandar MilovanovićSpecialist in general and abdominal surgery
Prim. dr sci. med Goran V. ZorićSpecialist in general surgery-endocrine surgeon
Prof. sci. med. dr Srbislav KneževićSpecialist in general surgery
Prof. dr Predrag PeškoProfessor of surgery
Prof. dr Dragutin KecmanovićSpecialist in general and abdominal surgery
Prof. dr Aleksandar KaramarkovićSpecialist in general surgery
Prof. dr Slavko MatićSpecialist in general surgery