Interventional Radiology is a technique that uses Ultrasound and CT scans to guide a Radiologist when performing procedures such as biopsies and pain management injections.
The images help the radiologist guide the instruments to the exact point where the intervention is required. This could be to take tissue biopsies, and obviates the need for more invasive therapies such as traditional (open) or keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery.
Interventional Radiology is also used in pain management and allows a Radiologist to precisely position a needle when performing a steroid/anaesthetic injection into various joints or regions of the spine.
As digital imaging technologies continue to develop, more and more conditions are becoming treatable using Interventional Radiology techniques.