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Interventional Radiology

One of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the region, the Interventional Radiology unit at Aster Medcity offers a wide range of highly specialised minimally invasive neuroradiology, vascular, oncology, hepatobiliary, urology and transplant interventions to patients of all ages. 

The exceptional team of doctors comprises clinical imaging experts and interventional radiologists trained at some of the finest institutes in the United Kingdom, United States of America and India. Backed by state-of-the-art technology and image-guided techniques, they provide high-precision, guideline-based treatment to patients with a multidisciplinary approach.

Aster Interventional Radiology offers cutting-edge diagnostic and imaging facilities including India’s first Flat Panel Bi Plane Vascular Hybrid Cathlab, Low Radiation Clarity Cath Lab, 3.0 Tesla Wide Bore MRI, 256 Slice Philips iCT scanner, 16 Slide PET CT with Time of Flight technology, GE SPECT-CT OPTIMA NM 640 Gamma Camera and EPIQ.

Advanced Technology & Facilities

Well equipped with the latest medical equipment, modern technology & infrastructure, Aster Hospital is one of the best hospitals in India.

Digital Mammo Tomosynthesis

An advanced Digital Mammography system, it provides high-resolution 3D image results using X-rays for quick detection of even the tiniest calcified lesion that’s in the precancerous stage. The X-ray tubes move in an arc, capturing 11 images in 7 seconds and these images are assembled in the computer to create highly focused 3D image throughout the breast, facilitating easier diagnosis.


The Dexa, utilizing x-ray beams of two different energies, facilitates accurate measurement of bone density and strength with lowest dose of radiation possible, especially for preclinical detection of osteoporosis and preventing complications.

Digital X-ray

Renders high-resolution radiographs with superior time efficiency. As no repetition and digital enhancement are required, rapid transfer of images for immediate investigation by Physician is made possible through integration with PACS.

Nuclear medicine with PET CT & Gamma Camera

Time of Flight PET CT Accurate and early lesion detection of functional abnormalities and low FDG doses using Time of Flight technology

Lowest Radiation Dose Cath Lab Facility

This Catheterisation Lab (Cath Lab), with the help of Allura Clarity system, reduces radiation doses by 70%, offering significant benefit to the patient as well as staff. Used for Interventional Cardiology and Neurology, the low radiation facilitates repeated investigation if necessary and is also safe for children.

Flat panel Bi-plane Hybrid Cath Lab

The Biplane Hybrid Cath Lab Unit, which works in a sterile operation theatre environment, combines the traditional diagnostic functions of a Cath lab with surgical functions of an operating room. Designed to undertake complex Neuro vascular and peripheral vascular procedures and Hybrid surgical/ endovascular procedures, the Cathlabs here are the first to have the option of ‘Clarity’, an ingenious system that reduces the radiation dose by upto 70%, which is of significant benefit to the patients. The functions of the unit include: Biplane Cath Lab Bi Plane Cath Labs are capable of capturing 3D images in real time, and come with added components like 3D road mapping and post processing to help neurovascular procedures. It can perform interventional procedures in lesser time with lesser usage of contrast, in comparison to single plane. Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) A type of Fluoroscopy technique used in interventional radiology to clearly visualise blood vessels in a bony or dense soft tissue environment, images are generated using contrast medium by subtracting a ‘pre-contrast image’. Very helpful in diagnosing Neurological problems, the advantage of DSA is that the interference of bony structures can be eliminated.

3D Rotational Angiography - 3D rotational angiography provides an image of a particular vessel or chamber while the camera rotates around the patient in a predefined arc, enabling viewing of the structure from multiple angles with a single injection of contrast medium, thereby saving the contrast load and its side effects. A faster procedure compared to conventional Angiography, it is beneficial for patients for whom dye load needs to be restricted and those who require abnormal kidney function test. CT Like images With the soft tissue imaging feature that provides enables CT like images, the patient need not to be sent for a CT examination separately. This is a great advantage for neurovascular cases where the mobility of the patient is restricted and timelines are crucial. Interventionist can access CT-like imaging right on the angio system and inturn the soft tissue, bone and other brain structures before, during, or after an interventional procedure. 3D soft tissue imaging supports diagnosis, planning, interventions and treatment follow-up. Hybrid Cath Lab In a hybrid application, the Cath lab doubles as an operating room so that a patient undergoing a cardiac cath procedure can have a surgery if required. Enabling the Doctor to address the patient needs quickly, eliminating the need to schedule an additional surgical procedure. As the hybrid cath lab can turn to any angle as required by the interventionist, and can be placed in the corner of the OT when not in use.


Most sophisticated Colour Doppler Systems with Liver Elastography, fusion and navigation for accurate Biopsy, Electronic 4D Imaging with lightweight probes for Cardiac, Radiology and Obstetric Studies. Also provides superior 4D images of the foetus. Department has many state-of-the-art Ultrasound Scanners available for 4D imaging, non-invasive monitoring of liver parenchymal disease with ARFI (Acoustic Radiation Forced Impulse) imaging, with sophisticated image fusion capability to aid accurate guided procedures.

Image Fusion for Guided Biopsies

Ultrasound Machines with multi modality image fusion (like CT and MRI) capability and accurate needle tracking.


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

What Is Interventional Radiology?

A medical subspeciality of Radiology that plays a vital role in both emergency and elective care, Interventional Radiology (IR) is the minimally invasive, image-guided treatment of certain diseases/ conditions that may otherwise require an open surgery.

IR procedures are performed with the help of advanced imaging modalities like MRI, CT and ultrasound scans, in cath labs/ sterile operation theatre environments. The interventional radiologist can see the inside of the body and treat complex conditions ranging from brain aneurysms to cancers, through very small incisions (2-3mm in 90% cases), with unmatched precision and speed.

What does an interventional radiologist do?

Expert interventional radiologists (IR) address the diagnosis and treatment of multiple conditions using small incisions in patients’ abdomen and often use needles and catheters to treat affected parts within the body. At Aster Medcity in Kochi, expert interventional radiologists cure conditions like cancer, chronic pelvic pain, female infertility, hypertension, etc.

What question should you ask an interventional radiologist?

Patients must resolve related queries, such as the precautions they need to take, the duration of the procedure, reports to provide to interventional radiologists, the best interventional radiology options available, symptoms that may occur post-treatment, the number of follow-up appointments to take, and related doubts.

What are the most common types of conditions that interventional radiologists treat?

Expert interventional radiologists treat multiple conditions, including vertebral compression fracture, varicose veins, uterine fibroids, stroke, bleeding through life-threatening injuries, pulmonary embolism, peripheral arterial disease, male & female infertility, liver disease, kidney failure, hypertension, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, chronic pelvic pain, deep vein thrombosis, cancer, abscess, and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

When should I consider seeing an interventional radiologist?

If you experience health conditions like vascular disease, cancer, spine fractures, male or female infertility, back & join pains, fibroids, varicose veins, arterial disease, kidney & bile duct disease, urinary tract issues, blood clots, lund disease, may-thurner syndrome, and other related ones.

What are the benefits of Interventional Radiology Procedures

Avoids major surgeries in certain conditions/ diseases
Mostly performed under local anaesthesia/sedation
Tiny incision, minimal scarring
Significantly lesser post-surgery pain
Minimal blood loss
Fewer post-surgical complications
Faster recovery
Shorter hospital stay/ same-day discharge for many procedures

How does an interventional radiologist decide on a treatment plan?

From reviewing the patient’s medical health conditions through previous tests and reports, examining imaging test reports, and performing physical examinations, specialised interventional radiologists in Kochi analyse the best treatment plan. Accordingly, IRs select the most suitable interventional radiology procedure.

Will an interventional radiologist help manage side effects during treatment?

Yes, at Aster Medcity in Kochi, the best interventional radiologists manage cancer side effects with the provided treatment. Further, they perform chemoembolisation to address the tumour site in case the treatment plan adversely impacts patients.

What documents should I carry on my first visit to an interventional radiologist?

Experts at Aster Medcity recommend patients carry their past severe medical history reports, a referral letter from a physician (depending on severity & conditions), comprehensive & relevant tests of imaging studies, and a list of current medications patients consume.

How should I prepare for my first visit to an interventional radiologist?

Prepare a list of your medical history, previous imaging tests & surgery reports (if undergone), current symptoms, and doubts you have regarding IR treatment plans, including time duration, recovery process, associated risk, and precautions to consider. Lastly, ask questions according to the problem you’re experiencing.


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