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What is Diagnostic Radiology?
Diagnostic radiology is a specialty that utilizes non-invasive imaging procedures to diagnose a patient. Diagnostic radiologists play a very important role in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases and injuries, using safe doses of radiation to create detailed images of an area. 

Interventional radiology, a sub-speciality of diagnostic radiology utilizes minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. It has become increasingly important, contributing to some of the most significant medical developments in recent years. Using imaging techniques such as X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound for guidance, patients can be diagnosed and treated using minimally invasive procedures. 

Interventional Radiology is sometimes also known as vascular and interventional radiology.

The techniques used in interventional radiology offer new treatment options for many conditions, allowing patients to be treated with less risk and shorter hospital stays. Interventional Radiology procedures can be used in almost every organ system, and the list of conditions that can be diagnosed and treated using image-guided techniques is continuously growing. Body parts and systems that can be treated using interventional radiology include:
Abdomen (intestine, kidney, liver, stomach)
Central nervous system (brain, spine)
Chest (lungs, respiratory system)
Heart and vascular (arteries, veins, haemodialysis access)
Musculoskeletal (bones, joints, spine)
Genitourinary uterus, testes, kidney)
Other organs and soft tissues

​​Interventional Radiologists can provide patient evaluation and management, meaning that they assess the patient before giving them information on the procedure. They can also be involved in post-procedural care, both in cases where they work alone or when they collaborate with other physicians.

Some of the procedures that an interventional radiologist may perform include:

Neurointerventional (Brain) Procedures
Face, Head and Neck Procedures
Vascular Malformation Treatment Procedures
Vascular Procedures (Arterial and Venous System)
Cancer Treatment Procedures
Portal Hypertension Related Procedures
Poorly Controlled High Blood Pressure Procedures
Hemodialysis Related Procedures
Gynae/ Male Infertility / Impotence Procedures
Urorenal Procedures
Lines, Drainage Procedures, Biopsies

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