Who are Interventional Radiologists?

Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. We offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with imaging and clinical experience across all specialties. We use X-rays, ultrasound, and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, such as in an artery or vein, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine.

Today many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.

Some of our treatments include cancer involving the liver, adrenal glands, kidneys, bones, and the lung, to name a few. We use various technologies to freeze or burn tumors when surgery has a high risk or cannot be safely performed. Another domain is vascular disease such as fixing narrowed arteries or veins, in addition to battling clot in the legs and lungs. We assist trauma surgeons with various injuries by stopping internal bleeding. Then there are various diseases specific to women including treating fibroid related disease without surgery and fixing incompetent veins causing vague chronic pelvic pain. More information to these and other treatments can be found by talking to your Aultman Interventional Radiologist and also visiting our society's website, www.sirweb.org.

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