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Interventional Radiology

According to the Society for Interventional Radiology, interventional radiology (IR) is sometimes called the “surgery of the 21st century.” Beginning in the 1970s, pioneers in this field began using minimally invasive targeted treatments performed under guided imaging. In fact, these were the physicians who invented balloon angioplasty. IR procedures are generally less invasive for patients than traditional surgery and typically require less time in the hospital. IR procedures are used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

NMH Patient Education Resources

You can read about the following tests and procedures at http://www.nmh.org/nm/pe_tests_procedures

  • Angiogram/Arteriogram
  • Chemoembolization
  • Metformin and Tests Requiring IV Iodine
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty/Stenting
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Uterine Artery Embolization

Internet Resources

Society of Interventional Radiology
The patient section of this website provides information on interventional radiologists and interventional radiology procedures.

American College of Radiology: Interventional Radiology
Developed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), this public information site provides information by procedure or treatment, body system or part, or patient group. Information is updated frequently and reviewed by physician specialists in IR.

Northwestern Radiology
Read about the clinical services at Northwestern and the physicians who provide them.

Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011