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Interventional Radiology

Definition and Scope
Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology that combines diagnostic imaging with minimally invasive therapeutic procedures. It uses imaging techniques as a guide to perform interventions in different parts of the body.

History and Evolution
  • Origins:It emerged in the 1960s with the development of angiography.

  • Evolution:It has evolved significantly with the advancement of imaging technologies and catheter and guide materials.

Technical Principles and Technologies

  • Guide by Image:It uses techniques such as x-ray, CT scan, ultrasound and MRI to guide procedures.

  • Equipment and Tools:It includes catheters, needles, stents and other minimally invasive devices.

Procedures and Techniques

  • Angiography and Angioplasty:Diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases.

  • Embolization:Blocks blood flow to a specific area, useful in the treatment of hemorrhages and tumors.

  • Image Guided Biopsies:Allows tissue samples to be taken from hard-to-reach areas.

  • Drains and Stent Placement:To manage obstructions in bile, urinary tracts or blood vessels.

Clinical Applications
  • Tumor Treatment:Including radiofrequency ablation or chemoembolization.

  • Management of Hemorrhages:Particularly in cases of trauma or internal bleeding.

  • Treatment of Vascular Diseases:Such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and arterial stenosis.

Advantages and benefits
  • Minimization of Surgical Risk:Lower risk than open surgeries.

  • Faster Recovery:Less hospitalization time and faster recovery than with traditional procedures.

  • Reduction of Pain and Complications:Being minimally invasive, there is less pain and risk of infections.

Challenges and Future Considerations
  • Specialized Training:Requires advanced skills in radiology and patient management.

  • Technological advances:It continues to evolve with the development of new tools and techniques.

  • Integration with Other Specialties:Teamwork with surgeons, oncologists and other specialists.


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