interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology

The department of Radiology & Imaging at SIDS Hospital offers a complete range of diagnostic and interventional radiology services while maintaining the values of safety and focused patient care.

The department has modern state-of-the-art equipment such as 16 slice multidetector CT, 3D&4D ultrasound machines, and digital X-ray machines.

The department is functional 24 x 7 for all routine and emergency imaging services. The team of radiologists and radiology technologists possess not only general expertise but also subspecialty experience.

Our consultant radiologists are fellowship-trained at some of the World’s best hospitals and are experts in all aspects of imaging.

What is Interventional Radiology?

Radiology is the branch of science that takes images of the body with radiation like X-rays, CTs (computed tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, PET (positron Emission Tomography) and nuclear medicine.

Interventional Radiology (IR) is a sub-speciality of Radiology. With the help of Interventional Radiology, apart from viewing and interpreting images of the body, doctors can also perform minimally invasive procedures as part of the treatment via small incisions made in the body.

How is it done?

Interventional Radiologists make small holes in the abdomen, about the size of an inch, to guide a camera with light, catheters and needles into the stomach. With the images projected on the screen, doctors can access the exact location inside the abdomen that needs correctional treatment.

This may seem simple but it is not. A doctor undergoes special training (of about seven years) and at least a couple of fellowship programs for him to be able to perform this procedure deftly.

When does a doctor recommend Interventional Radiology?

Interventional Radiology procedures are performed to take biopsies, treat tumours, perform angiographies, place stents to treat blockages (in cardiac patients), Intravascular ultrasound to locate the blockage, Embolization to stop the bleeding, to insert gastrostomy tubes in case the patient is not able to ingest food through the mouth, remove a foreign body stuck inside the blood vessel, for IVC filters and Catheter insertions, clot removal and cancer treatment.

You may have been referred to an Interventional Radiologist in case your doctor thinks that you need treatment for any of these conditions.

Benefits of Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology uses minimal access surgery to diagnose, treat and cure (depending upon the disorder) without the need for open surgery. Interventional Radiology has minimized the need for traditional open surgeries since minimal access surgeries cause less pain to the patient, take less time and the recovery is much faster as compared to open surgery, is cost-effective and in some cases, the patient doesn’t even have to stay back in the hospital.


  • Dr Hiral Shah (MD Radiology)