Interventional Radiology refers to a spectrum of procedures that use radiological image guidance (Magnetic Resonance Guidance (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), ultrasound, or X-ray) to target therapy. Most of these procedures are non-invasive (or minimally invasive) and are excellent alternatives to open and keyhole surgeries. Interventional Radiology is commonly referred to as pinhole surgery because most of the procedures begin with a needle passing through the skin towards the target.

Interventional radiology (IR) is one of the most rapidly growing areas in the medical arena; it is advanced and is quickly replacing the open surgical procedure. In general, IR is easier for the patient as it involves less risk, no large incisions and has shorter recovery times. It is also less expensive and less invasive than traditional surgery.

 Why Interventional radiology in Boise is popular

  • Patients don’t require general anesthesia
  • It’s mostly outpatient, or may only need a short hospital stay
  • The procedure is often more affordable than other alternatives
  • Pain, recovery, and risk are significantly reduced.

Common interventional procedures

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)

This is an X-ray evaluation of a woman’s fallopian tubes and uterus that uses a contrast material and a special form of X-ray known as fluoroscopy. It’s non-invasive and helps doctors to check if the fallopian tubes are partially or fully blocked (or clear for that matter), as well as to assess whether the uterus is of the normal shape and size. Uterus and fallopian tube issues top the list of causes of pregnancy and infertility problems. The HSG procedure helps in identifying any complication so that the right medication can be rendered.

Hysterosalpingography can also be utilized a few months following tube sterilization process to ensure that the fallopian tubes are fully blocked. Note that the procedure is not ideal for women who are pregnant, have a pelvic infection or those with heavy uterine bleeding.

Biopsy

During a biopsy, the physician takes a sample of tissue from the body for observation. Often, the process is recommended following an initial test that indicates an issue with the tissues. The area with abnormal tissues is also known as a mass, tumor or a lesion – and may be noticed internally during an imaging test or through a physical examination.

Biopsies are commonly performed when looking for cancer; however, they can help in evaluating other conditions, for instance, if a person has severe chronic hepatitis and the doctors want to establish whether cirrhosis is present or not. The procedure also comes in handy when a skin mole changes in shape, and there’s a possibility of melanoma or if a mammogram indicates a mass or lamp and breast cancer is possible.

Computed tomography (CT), X-ray, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are often used in biopsy procedures to indicate the exact location where the needle is to be placed.

Joint Injections

Joint injections provide fast relief to inflamed tendons, muscles, joints, and bursa. An ultrasound (or CT scan, fluoroscopy) guided joint injection is performed in the affected area to reduce pain and inflammation. The procedure can also offer short-term treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and long-term treatment for synovitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, and tendinosis.