What exactly is an Interventional Radiologist?

The VCU Baird Vascular Institute’s medical director, Dr. Malcolm Sydnor, uses fluoroscopic guidance utilizing the latest in interventional technology.

The VCU Baird Vascular Institute’s medical director, Dr. Malcolm Sydnor, uses fluoroscopic guidance to treat a patient with a vascular problem.

Many of the physicians at VCU Baird Institute are Interventional Radiologists. You may have wondered about our specialty, so allow us to explain a bit more.

Interventional Radiologists are specially trained to use minimally invasive, image-guided techniques to diagnose and treat a variety of issues within the human body. The goal is to use the least invasive treatment plan required in order to address the issue, avoid risk to the patient and impact on the body and to speed recovery time. Many times, interventional radiologists are able to treat an issue with less risk, less pain and less recovery time than traditional open surgery.

Interventional radiologists use a variety of tools such as ultrasound, X-ray, CT and MRI technology to target medical issues within the body.

Recognized as a medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties, interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians with additional advanced training in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging to guide them. Their board certification includes both Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology, which are administered by the American Board of Radiology.

Interventional radiologists pioneered many of the non-invasive techniques that are commonly used today, such as angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent. Trained in both radiology and interventional therapy, interventional radiologists possess a combination of skills that are unique to their specialty. Today, an interventional radiologist can treat many of the procedures that once required surgery with a less invasive treatment option.

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