Understand How Interventional Radiology is Used for Treatments

The invention of the X-ray in 1895 by German professor of physics Wilhelm Rontgen opened up a whole new world of possibilities for accurate diagnostics. Now, Diagnostic imaging not only minimizes the need for exploratory surgery, but also provides early detection for serious conditions that may otherwise go untreated. Since that time, the technology and capabilities of medical imaging have continued to advance.Doctor performing interventional radiology procedure.

One such development that moved imaging technology forward occurred in 1963 by Charles Dotter, when he proposed the concept. Known as the father of interventional radiology, Dotter performed the first procedure of this kind in 1964. Although that first surgery was accidental at the time, This practice has been fine-tuned over the last half century, becoming a standard option for treatment.

The primary benefit of interventional radiology is that it avoids major surgery. During this procedure, only tiny incisions are made that can receive very small instruments such as needles, guide wires, and/or catheters. The result of these smaller incisions leads to:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Less overall pain
  • Shorter or no hospital stays
  • Improved comfort
  • Swifter recovery time

ImageCare Centers proudly offers interventional radiology in New Jersey performed by Dr. Scott Sosin, who has been fellowship trained in vascular and interventional radiology. This minimally invasive procedure uses imaging guidance—such as an ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan—not only to diagnose certain conditions, but also to treat them. Some of the conditions that can be treated using interventional radiology include:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Narrowing of the arteries
  • Aneurysms
  • Varicose veins
  • Vein blockages
  • Blood clots in the lungs
  • Liver, kidney, and other tumors
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Kidney stones
  • Gall stones

While not everyone is eligible for interventional radiology, it may be the best treatment for some. Talk to your health care provider about this option. Do not hesitate to reach out to ImageCare Centers to learn more about our approach to interventional radiology. We are available to answer your questions and to address any concerns you may have.