Interventional radiology is a specialized grouping of radiology-based diagnostic services and procedures, wherein patients are treated through the employment of both catheters and small instrumentation using minimally invasive incisions. Procedures are performed without the need for general anesthesia. Radiology equipment, such as ultrasound imagery, are used to guide instruments throughout the procedure. In some cases, interventional radiology is considered as an alternative to conventional surgery, and in scientific journals is viewed to be integral to the "operating room of the future."
Interventional Radiology Services at Geneva General Hospital
Typical interventional radiology procedures performed at Geneva General Hospital include arteriograms of various parts of the body, tube placements, and the insertion of catheter lines and vascular devices. Tissue biopsies, venous sampling, angiography and angioplasty, embolization and various ablations are also performed in the health system's interventional radiology suite.