Interventional Radiology Services
Interventional radiology (IR) specializes in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging guidance, often in lieu of surgical procedures. Interventional radiologists read x-rays, ultrasound, and other images in order to guide small instruments (such as catheters) through blood vessels to treat diseases through the skin.
IR procedures are less invasive than surgery because there are no large incisions, often with less associated risk, pain, and cost, as well as shorter recovery times. Common IR procedures include biopsies, draining fluids, inserting catheters, or dilating or contracting narrow ducts or vessels.
RPI’s IR physicians perform a variety of image guided procedures not unlike those available at the highest academic institutions, all of which are tailored to meet each individual patient’s needs. These procedures include: