Protecting Your Health with Interventional Radiology
What is Interventional Radiology?
“So, hello there, Dr. Radiologist. You take the x-rays, right?” That and so much more. While the term may not be user-friendly, interventional radiology is the most modern means of diagnosing and treating disease. Current and developing technology allows physicians to examine the interior of the body to find the source of disease in nearly every organ. Once identified, the illness can be treated with small needles, catheters, tubes and a variety of medications. Interventional radiology minimizes risks and improves the health outcome for the patient. This means little to no scarring, less pain, and faster recovery time!
At CLI Vascular Specialists, our expert interventional radiologists use imaging technology to conduct tailored examination to ensure the best and most targeted treatment for you. Technology can be used to locate blood clots, blockages in the gastrointestinal system, find faulty valves in the vascular system, tumors and more.
Early Detection, Shorter Recovery, Better Outcomes.
When it comes to protecting and preserving your health, getting ahead of potential issues is important. Early intervention for diseases that affect the body’s blood vessels and other vital organs can help extend your life expectancy and quality of life. Taking control of your health and future through interventional radiology in West Palm Beach puts the power back in your hands.
Depending on the cause for your health concern, your interventional radiologist may use:
X-Ray, to examine larger areas of the body, including the bones, tissues, and large organs.
Fluoroscopy, which is a continuous x-ray image used to observe the function of specific organs or body system. This may be used to find the source of a blockage in a blood vessel, locate foreign bodies, or to place a catheter.
Ultrasound, used to get an image of soft tissues which may not show up clearly on an x-ray. Ultrasounds are often believed to be only for pregnancy, but they are also used to diagnose issues with the heart, vascular system, eyes, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, and reproductive system. They allow your interventional radiologist to identify vital structures in real time and assist with accessing the structures of interest.
CT Scans, which allow your interventional radiologist to get a more concise image of the body by combining x-rays taken from differing angles and computer imaging. This can be used for organ biopsies and even some cancer therapies.
MRI Scans, which using magnetic fields and radio waves to generate images of the body’s organs. MRIs may also use contrasting dye to help highlight any blockages or damage in the area of examination. This technology is widely used in breast imaging and biopsy for cancer staging.
Conditions we diagnose and treat with Interventional Radiology
Our interventional radiology specialists in West Palm Beach can diagnose or monitor the progress of treatment for any number of conditions, including but not limited to: