Interventional Radiology is a medical specialty which provides minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatment of disease including guided biopsies, injections or drainages. The Radiologists here at Graham are specially trained to perform drainage procedures and biopsies with the guidance of fluoroscopy, CT Scan, or ultrasound equipment. The radiologist will study the results of your exam and discuss them with your doctor, who will then discuss them with you.

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What Should I Expect During an Interventional Radiology Procedure?

The first step is a consultation with your interventional radiologist prior to your procedure. We encourage you to ask all the questions you want. Be sure you understand any pre-procedure tests, required medications, special precautions, and necessary preparations. Together, you and your IR physician will agree on your treatment plan and next steps.

Unlike open surgery, most IR procedures are done under local anesthesia or conscious sedation (rather than general anesthesia). So you’ll be relaxed, but awake during the entire process.

Now you’re ready for the IR procedure. Here, you’ll experience state-of-the art technology and a team of experts, led by your interventional radiologist, who will keep you comfortable during your minimally invasive treatment. Your care team will also take precautions to ensure optimum radiation safety. Your doctor will perform a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose or treat your condition.

After your procedure is complete, you will move to a recovery area. Depending upon your procedure, you may be discharged the same day or be required to stay a short time in the hospital. Your care team will review anticipated recovery and discharge time, restrictions when you go home, possible complications and necessary medications.