Interventional radiology is a medical specialty that combines imaging technology with minimally invasive surgical techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions in the least invasive way. At Torrance Memorial's Graziadio Imaging Center, our interventional radiology program has superior technology and high patient volume. In fact, we're among the busiest interventional radiology programs in our South Bay area.
Many interventional radiology procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art Flat Panel Interventional Suite. Here our expert
use advanced imaging technology that produces clearer images over a wider viewing area. The excellent image quality can improve patient outcomes. Patients are exposed to less radiation and receive a smaller dose of IV contrast material than is required than with older technology.
What Is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology is sometimes referred to as "image-guided surgery."
Interventional radiologists use real-time imaging, obtained with X-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound and/or other modalities, to help them in guiding instruments to where they are needed in the body. Most interventional radiology procedures involve the insertion of catheters (long thin tubes equipped with cameras, needles, surgical instruments or medical devices) into the body through small incisions or (sometimes) through other openings in the body. Patients benefit greatly when doctors can diagnose and treat medical conditions without performing surgery; there is less pain and bleeding, a lower risk of complications, faster recovery and an easier return to normal life.