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.


Flying and Your Risk of a Blood Clot


We found this article online and wanted to share it with our readers.

“This article is well written and provides good advice for those folks who are at risk of deep venous thrombosis and are taking long airplane flights.   It is also important not to fly or take long trips in a car for at least several weeks after significant treatments for varicose veins.”

Malcolm K. Sydnor M.D.
Medical Director, Vascular & Interventional Radiology
VCU Baird Vascular Institute

Meet the care team

Malcolm K. Sydnor Jr., M.D.

As the Director of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at VCU Medical Center, Dr. Sydnor is an integral part of the VCU Baird Vascular Institute care team. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins and peripheral arterial disease as well as placement of port-a-caths for long term central venous access.

Dr. Malcolm SydnorDr. Sydnor uses imaging guidance to perform minimally invasive treatments. Therefore treatments that used to require major open surgery can now be performed through small incisions without the need of general anesthesia.

Recently, we asked Dr. Sydnor about his work at VCU Baird. Here’s what he had to say.

What is the best part of working at VCU Baird?
Being able to help patients using advanced technology in the comfort of an outpatient facility.

What is the best part of your day?
Seeing patients after you have helped them with their problem and they are excited and happy to have their problem fixed.

Why is VCU Baird unique?
We have experienced academic experts available to patients in a comfortable community setting. And VCU Baird also offers multiple disciplines working together to make sure patients get the best care possible for their vascular disease It’s also wonderful that we have a plentiful support staff whose major priority is creating a comfortable customer-friendly environment for our patients.

Dr. Sydnor also serves as Associate Professor of Radiology and Surgery at VCU Health System and Medical Director of the Baird Vascular Institute. He earned his M.D. from VCU, completed his residency at VCU Medical Center and finished his fellowship at University of Virginia.

Board Certifications Dr. Sydnor holds are:
• American Board of Radiology – Diagnostic Radiology, 2004
• Certificate of Added Qualification – Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 2007

With our friendly, comfortable outpatient environment and skilled physicians with academic expertise, VCU Baird Vascular Institute offers excellent vascular care without the overwhelming experience of a large hospital. For more information, please call (804) 828-2600(804) 828-2600 or email bairdvascularinstitute@mcvh-vcu.edu.