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Interventional Radiography

Preparing for an interventional radiography procedure and curious about what lies ahead?

This user-friendly guide will walk you through what to expect during your interventional radiography appointment.

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What is Interventional Radiography?

Interventional radiography is a specialised medical procedure that combines imaging technology (like X-rays) with minimally invasive treatments.

Pictures guiding doctors as they perform specific procedures inside your body, without the need for big incisions.

There are many advantages of IR, some being: it is minimally invasive, most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, general anaesthesia is usually not required, risk of infection, pain and recovery time are significantly reduced, and procedure cost is much less compared with surgery.

Before the Procedure

When you arrive for your interventional radiography appointment, the healthcare team will guide you through everything.

You might need to change into a gown and remove any jewellery or metal objects.

They’ll ensure you’re comfortable and ready for the procedure.

During the Procedure

You’ll lie down on a table, and the radiologist will position you for the procedure.

  • They’ll use real-time imaging, like X-rays or other advanced techniques, to guide the doctor.
  • A tiny tube called a catheter may be inserted into your body to deliver treatments or take samples.
  • The process is carefully monitored to ensure accuracy.

After the Procedure

Once the interventional radiography procedure is completed, you’ll have a bit of recovery time.

The healthcare team will monitor you to ensure you’re feeling well before you can head home.

For some procedures you may be required to arrange transport to and from your appointment.

Any post-procedure care will be fully explained at the time of booking.

Results and What's Next

The radiologist who performs the interventional procedure will complete a report regarding the procedure and forward to your referring doctor.

Your doctor will then discuss the findings with you and explain any further steps or treatments that may be needed.

Patient Safety

As with most medical procedures there are slight risks involved.

The risks involved in Interventional Radiology are dependent upon the procedure you have been referred for; however, the benefits generally outweigh the risks.

In Summary

Interventional radiography is a specialized procedure that combines imaging technology and minimally invasive treatments for your health.

With this guide, you’re well-prepared for your interventional radiography appointment

Disclaimer: Please note, if you have any questions or reservations about an upcoming radiology scan, it is always recommended to consult with your healthcare provider, who can address your concerns directly. This is general information, not tailored to a specific individual. Please read our Terms and Conditions.