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Frequently Asked Questions About IR (Interventional Radiology)

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IR (Interventional Radiology) was brought to your attention but you do not know more about it. You just know that it is a subspecialty of radiology that utilizes imaging techniques such as ultrasound and X-ray to guide small tools into the body. The goal of IR is to diagnose and treat diseases with minimal invasion.

It is time to probe deeper especially if it involves your child. Here are the frequently asked questions about interventional radiology Australia:

Who carries out IR procedures?

You must know that interventional radiologists carry out IR tests and treatments. They are trained in anatomy as well as image guidance. Other doctors send patients to an interventional radiologist to diagnose and treat diseases that needed image guidance.

What are the IR procedures?

As mentioned earlier, Radiology in Melbourne utilizes imaging techniques to guide small tools into the body. These imaging techniques include ultrasound, CAT scan, and fluoroscopy, which allow the radiologists to obtain a real-time image. With this, they can use it to guide them during:

Angiography: getting inside the blood vessels to treat narrowings or even aneurysm.

       Biopsy: radiologists can take a tissue sample of an organ or tumor.
       Tumor/bone treatments: putting small needles inside the tumors to kill them at the same time protecting the tissues surrounding it.
       Fluid draining: radiologists can safely put drainage tubes to remove the buildup of fluid in the abdomen or lungs.
       Joint injections: this is done to relieve pain for those suffering from injuries or inflammation.
       Inserting central lines: radiologist is instrumental in inserting central lines like dialysis catheters.
       Feeding tube placement: the radiologist can also help in the placement of a feeding tube.
       Destroy soft tissue and bone tumors: through ablation technologies like radiofrequency ablation (the heat from high-energy radio waves destroy the cancerous cells) and cryoablation (utilizing freezing cold temperature to get rid of tumors), radiologists can destroy soft tissue and bone tumors.

Why consider IR procedures?

Whether it is for you or your child, IR should be carefully considered. This is because it is minimally invasive. Radiologists only make small incisions, which makes it less painful when compared to regular surgery. For children, they can get a small amount of sedation or anesthesia to be comfortable during the procedure.

Since the procedures are minimally invasive, patients after the treatment should expect a shorter recovery time. In fact, some IR procedures do not require you to stay in a hospital after the procedure. More importantly, the treatments are image-guided. This means that they are very precise. With this, it can help doctors prevent possible damage to the surrounding skin, organ, and tissue.

What are the risks?

As with any procedure, there are risks involved in an IR treatment but it will vary according to the procedure. It is important that you discuss the risks with your radiologist before you proceed with any treatment.

What to expect after the procedure?

The length of your stay at the hospital will depend on your case of the procedure but in general it can be up to 4 hours. After the procedure, the radiologist will send the results if you have a referring physician. With this, your doctor can review and plan treatments accordingly.

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