What is Interventional Radiology?

 

Interventional Radiology is a clinical sub-speciality of Radiology where Radiologists (Doctors) apply minimally invasive techniques using image guidance such as CT and ultrasound to help manage pain (injection), remove fluid (drainage/aspiration) or take a sample of tissue (biopsy). At Vision Radiology we specialise in all spinal, musculoskeletal (MSK) and breast interventional procedures. We also perform biopsies for the diagnosis of abnormal lumps and bumps that previous imaging may have found.

How long does an interventional procedure take?

The time it takes depends on the procedure taking place. It normally takes 10-15 minutes for routine Ultrasound injections. It can take 15-20 minutes for routine CT injections. Any other advanced interventional procedures such as biopsies can take longer. Please call your preferred site to arrange an appointment.

How do I prepare for an interventional procedure?

Depending on the body part being examined, the patient may be required to wear a gown. One of our friendly radiographers may also ask you to remove jewellery and/or body piercings.

Are there any risks?

At Vision Radiology we use the newest digital equipment for our Interventional Imaging. This means you can be sure that you are receiving the lowest amount of radiation possible. Anytime you pierce the skin there is a risk of bleeding and infection. Vision Radiology’s sterile procedures aims to reduce these risks. Any specific risks limited to the procedure you are due to have will be communicated to you at the time of the procedure.

How much does interventional cost?

At Vision Radiology we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver first class services within the health system using Bulk Billing methodology. This means that your Procedure will be bulked billed if you have your Medicare card and a practitioner’s referral. If in doubt, contact our friendly Vision Radiology staff for more information.

Your results

The referring doctor and any other doctor you would like to include in your treatment will receive a formal report (your results) in a timely fashion.

Please complete the inquiry form below for your interventional procedure