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Clinical Imaging & Interventional Radiology

The Department of Clinical Imaging and Interventional Radiology at Aster CMI, is a world-class facility offering diagnostic imaging and interventional services, including Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology. One of the first centres in Bengaluru to have 3 Tesla MRI, 128 slice CT scanner and a dedicated Bi-plane flat panel Angio Cath Lab, the Radiology Suite is equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound scanners, Flouroscopy units and much more. As a department that lends crucial support to all specialities, the Radiology team includes Consultants, Specialists and expert Technicians, who follow an inter-disciplinary work approach to provide high-quality diagnostic and interventional services to patients.

Interventional Radiology

The department of Interventional Radiology and Interventional Oncology (IRIO) at Aster CMI Hospital offers a complete spectrum of body interventions for people of all ages. The Department has the most advanced state-of-the-art facilities in Bangalore. The department consists of experienced Interventional Radiologists with expertise in managing interventional radiology and oncology procedures, from the common to the most complex. The department is aiming to provide the highest standard of treatment for Hepato-biliary cancers. The Aster CMI Hospital has a 24/7 Interventional Radiology team available to manage emergencies (Uncontrolled traumatic bleeding, GI bleeding, haemoptysis, haematuria, clot in abdominal and limb blood vessels, etc.) backed by an experienced medical and surgical team, emergency specialist and a critical care team.

The department of Interventional Radiology and Interventional Oncology (IRIO) works closely with other specialities like the Transplant and Integrated Liver Care team, Medical and Surgical Gastroenterology, Surgical Oncology, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology, Women and Child health teams to render optimal, evidence-based treatment to patients.

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Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.

What do Interventional radiologists do?

Interventional radiologists use imaging methods such as X-rays, MRI scans, fluoroscopy, CT scans, and ultrasound. The images are used to direct the catheters and instruments to the exact area of operation of the procedure or treatment. Thus eliminates the need for traditional surgery as treatment

What are the common IR procedures?

Some of the common IR procedures are Embolization, Thrombolysis (declotting), Ablation of tumours, Transjugular intrahepatic porto-systemic shunts (TIPS), Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), Trans arterial Radio-embolization (TARE), Bronchial artery embolization, Uterine artery embolization for fibroids, Central venous catheter insertion (Permcath, PICC line, Chemoport etc), Varicose veins, Deep vein thrombosis or Pulmonary embolism, Peripheral arterial disease, Obstructive nephropathy, Portal hypertension, Vascular malformations, Dialysis Catheters and Venography etc.

Is Interventional Radiology safe?

There will be a risk in any medical procedures, but as interventional radiology is a safe and minimally invasive procedure when compared to traditional surgery. It also has a low risk of complication and minor risks are bleeding or infection

Can I eat or drink before the IR procedure?

No, it is recommended to follow your doctors’ instructions before undergoing Interventional radiology procedures. As you will be under anaesthesia (IV sedation / general anesthesia), during which your body reflexes are temporarily stopped. So, if your stomach is filled with food or drink may result in the risk of vomiting which brings food into your throat

Will my IR procedure be uncomfortable?

It is a minimally invasive procedure in which you will be made as comfortable as possible and your interventional radiologist will make every effort to ensure your comfort and support you during the procedure

What is the difference between radiology and Interventional Radiology?

Radiology is a technologically advanced field in which a radiologist will use medical imaging technologies to diagnose disease and injury. Whereas, Interventional radiology is an image-guided surgical procedure in which interventional radiologists employ minimally invasive procedures, diagnostic imaging techniques like CT, ultrasound, MRI and fluoroscopy to view and treat the diseased benign and malignant conditions of the thorax, abdomen, pelves, and extremities

Why choose Interventional radiology?

Interventional radiology reduces costs, recovery time, discomfort, and risk for patients who would need conventional open surgery otherwise. Hence, Interventional radiology has become the primary method to treat various medical conditions

How long does an IR procedure take?

In Interventional Radiology the procedure times vary greatly. It takes about five minutes if it is a simple change of the G-tube without any sedation. If it is angiogram with aneurysm coil, the IR procedure usually takes four hours

What are the interventional radiology procedures?

The interventional radiology procedures are embolization to control bleeding, cancer treatments to shrink tumors in the body, needle biopsies of many organs such as lungs and thyroid glands, feeding tube placement and catheter placement.

What are the benefits of Interventional radiology?

The benefits of Interventional radiology are:
- Less cost than traditional surgery.
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery time
- Reduced risks and greater comfort


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