Interventional Radiology

What is Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology is a medical specialty that performs various minimally invasive procedures using imaging guidance including fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or ultrasound, to diagnose and treat diseases.

Interventional radiologists diagnose disease by utilizing various tools such as catheters or wires through small incisions, rather than making large incisions into the body as is likely the case of traditional surgery.

Benefits of Interventional Radiology

- Fewer complications
- Involve smaller incisions
- Cause less discomfort
- Faster recovery

What you can Expect when getting Interventional Radiology

  • Before the procedure, your relevant medical history will be reviewed, and the requested procedure planned.
  • You may have to have blood tests done prior to the procedure.
  • You may be required to stop the use of certain medications prior to the procedure in order to reduce any risks for complications during and following the procedure.
  • Administration including authorization and admission to the day ward where applicable must be completed prior to the procedure.


General intervention

 Abdominal, tumour, vascular and uterine fibroids embolisations

  • Chest drain insertions
  • Pleurx catheter insertion for recurrent ascites and pleural effusion
  • Simple ascitic and pleural drainage
  • Core biopsies and fine needle aspirations
  • Dacrocystographies
  • Hip, shoulder, and sacro-iliac joints infiltrations
  • Nephrostomy and DJ stent placement
  • Peripherally inserted central catheter lines (PICC)
  • Pigtail insertions for abscesses
  • Lumbar punctures
  • Myelograms

Hepatobiliary intervention

  • Percutaneous transhepatic stent placements
  • Transarterial chemoembolization(TACE ) for liver cancer
  • Liver abscess drainage
  • Liver and tumour embolisations
  • Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage

Pain Management

  • Caudal epidural infiltrations
  • Facet joint infiltrations
  • Lumbar nerve root infiltrations
  • Occipital nerve block for chronic headache


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