Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology (also known as IR) is the minimally invasive, image-guided treatment of medical conditions that once required open surgery.
Interventional radiologists are on the front lines of clinical advances and use of the latest image-guided technologies. They are board-certified physicians who are trained in both radiology and minimally invasive therapies.
Interventional radiologists work across the body to deliver minimally invasive treatments for a variety of conditions.
How long will my procedure take?
Procedures can last from 45 minutes to many hours, depending on your procedure.
What will happen after my procedure?
At the end of your procedure, you will be taken from the procedure room back to the patient recovery area. Depending on the procedure that was performed and how you are feeling, you may be able to leave within the hour, but sometimes it takes several hours until you are able to leave.
Can I bring my belongings with me into the procedure room?
We ask that you leave nonessential valuables at home. Once you arrive to the pre-procedure area you will most likely be asked to change into a patient gown. Your clothes and shoes will be placed in a patient belongings bag which you will take into the procedure room.
Who will perform my procedure in interventional radiology?
Most procedures in IR require three healthcare professionals: An Interventional Radiologist (MD), a Radiology Nurse, and an X-ray Technologist. Of course depending on your procedure you could have more or less people caring for you.
Can I eat or drink prior to my IR procedure?
The short answer is no, but all patients will receive instruction from a Radiology Nurse one to two days before their procedure to explain medication and food restrictions.
Will my procedure be uncomfortable?
During your procedure you will be made as comfortable as possible. Positioning sponges, warm blankets, local anesthesia and conscious sedation are all available depending on your procedure.
Is minimally invasive image-guided medicine right for you?
Breakthroughs in technology and imaging have created new treatment choices for patients. In this new era of medicine, there is no longer one “right way” to handle your condition.
Personalized medicine means doing the right thing for each individual patient. More than ever, it’s imperative for you to know and understand all of the available options to treat your condition or disease. In many cases, there is a minimally invasive approach that could dramatically reduce your pain, risk and recovery time.
Are minimally invasive procedures risky?
Trained in radiation safety, interventional radiologists are experts in optimizing radiation dose. Imaging equipment is used to guide minimally-invasive procedures. Many of these technologies—including x-rays, MRIs, and CAT scans—expose you to some degree of radiation in order to see inside your body.
The use of radiation in diagnosing and treating patients has significantly advanced the field of medicine and saved or extended countless lives. As with any medical procedure, however, the use of radiation is not without risk.
How do IR physicians coordinate care?
As clinical care physicians, interventional radiologists are more than just specialists who perform a procedure to treat your medical problem or disease. We practice coordinated care—in clinics and on collaborative teams—expertly, consistently and in ways that help you achieve the best health possible.
Clinical care means we manage your health issues or disease treatment throughout the entire episode of your care–before, during and after your procedure–and even throughout your lifetime.
Interventional radiologists often work as part of a collaborative team—partnering with your primary care physician or referring specialist to provide you with total care.
Over the course of your treatment, you may move in and out of the interventional plan of care as your disease or condition changes. But your IR physician will remain an integral part of your care team every step of the way.
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