Interventional Radiology (IR) involves using minimally invasive imaging procedures to diagnose diseases in the organ system. The radiologist uses catheters and small instruments to pass through your blood vessels to locate abnormalities and display the desired area of the body; this will allow the radiologist to diagnose your condition appropriately.
IR uses image guidance through techniques such as MRI, x-ray and fluoroscopy to either diagnose or treat a patients symptoms. Some procedures which traditionally involved a general anaesthetic or incisions can now be treated through IR which allows the patient to return home the same day.
At Hadley Wood Hospital our imaging department allows us to offer a range of services to patients, our radiologists are professionally trained with many years of experience therefore can offer the most appropriate advice to our patients form diagnosis to treatment, tailoring each service to their needs.
We offer the following Interventional Radiology procedures to Patients
- MRA – A Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) is a type of MRI scan that uses radio wave energy and a magnetic field to produce images of the blood vessels within the body. This is used in most cases where information cannot be provided in the form of an X-ray, ultrasound or CT scan. It is normally used to diagnose problems where the blood vessels are causing a reduced blood flow. The scan allows both the blood flow and the condition of the blood vessel walls to be examined. It can be used to look at the blood vessels within the brain, kidneys and legs.
- CT scans – (also referred to as CAT scans) involve producing detailed images of the structures within the human body which include the bones, blood vessels and internal organs. They are used diagnose many different conditions such as bone injuries, blood flow issues as well as strokes and cancer. CT scanning can also be used for interventional cases such as, Biopsies or joint injections. During your scan you will lay flat on your back on a bed that will pass through the scanner which rotates around your body as you pass through it. Unlike other scanning methods a CT scanner does not surround your whole body. The scan will usually last around 10-20 minutes.