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Otherwise known as ‘Pinhole Surgery’, Interventional Radiology (IR) is a term reffering to techniques that use radiological image guidance for diagnostic and treatment. For example, using fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT and MRI, alongside plain radiography to target therapy, whilst remaining as minimally invasive as possible.
Interventional radiography has had a major impact on hospital medicine and patient management, and the range of different procedures that are carried out by interventional radiographers is vast and growing everyday. Conditions that would once of required open-surgery can now be treated non-surgically, drastically improving the outcome of patients, through minimising physical trauma, infection rates, recovery times and hospital stay times!
Interventional Radiologists are trained in not only diagnostic imaging but the use of needles, wires and very small catheter tubes to navigate around the body whilst under imaging control – a very unique handful of skills that makes IR a highly specialised field.
Last week, the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) released a fantastic, short video that explains what image guided surgery is and why it has had such a great impact on patient outcomes.
You can watch the video by the BSIR on their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/bsir.org/videos/1320953187938737/