What is an interventional radiologist?

Dr. John C. Lipman, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiologist

Interventional Radiologists (IRs) are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments for medical conditions throughout the body. They use x-ray or other imaging (exs. ultrasound, CT, or MRI) to guide a catheter inside the body to the treatment site. Many conditions that once required surgery can now be treated less invasively and without any surgery by IRs. IRs are the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent which were popularized by Cardiologists in the heart, but first placed by IRs in the pelvis and legs to treat peripheral vascular (arterial) disease.

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