What is Vascular and Interventional Radiology?
Vascular and Interventional radiology is a medical specialty devoted to improving patient care by utilizing imaging-based diagnosis and treatment. Vascular and Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in using guided imaging such as x-rays, ultrasounds, and CTs to guide small instruments (such as catheters) through the blood vessels or other pathways to treat disease. Interventional radiology procedures are designed to replace open surgical procedures. They are generally easier for the patient because they involve smaller incisions, less risk of infection, less pain, and shorter recovery times.
What are the advantages of Vascular and Interventional Radiology?
There are many advantages to choosing Vascular and Interventional Radiology over other courses of treatment.
- Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay.
- General anesthesia usually is not required.
- Risk, pain and recovery time are often significantly reduced.
- The procedures are sometimes less expensive than surgery or other alternatives.
About Our Clinic
Some Radiology procedures, especially Vascular Interventional studies, require a patient consult. A Patient Consult is a special time that you will spend one-on-one with the physician, who will interview you about your medical history, health, and symptoms. During this time, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn what to expect about any procedures that might be required as part of your plan of care.
For your convenience, our Vascular and Interventional Radiologists provide patient consultations and any required follow-up visits at our VIR Clinic. The clinic is conveniently located inside the West TN Imaging Center at 300 Coatsland Drive in Jackson, directly across from Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. To reach a member of our clinic staff, call 731-541-8854.