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    Interventional Radiology (IR)

    Vascular and Interventional Radiologists at PAMF


    Mountain View Center
    701 E. El Camino Real
    Mountain View, CA 94040
    Phone: (650) 404-8445
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    Los Gatos Center (Winchester Blvd.)
    15720 Winchester Blvd.
    Floor One
    Los Gatos, CA 95030
    Phone: (650) 404-8445
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    San Carlos Center
    301 Industrial Road, Level 2
    San Carlos, CA 94070
    (650) 366-0225
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    What is Interventional Radiology (IR)

    Radiology is the medical use of imaging technology to diagnose and treat disease. It can be divided into two different areas, diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology.

    Most people are familiar with diagnostic radiology which is used to detect such things as broken bones, monitor how a patient is responding to treatment or screen for such illnesses as cancer using devices like X-Rays, MRI and CT scanning devices.

    Interventional radiology uses imaging technology to help guide the doctor to "intervene" or treat a condition using catheters, wires and other small instruments and tools into your body.

    The benefit is that IR tends to be less invasive than looking inside a body with scope (camera) or surgery. Conditions that IR generally is used for include certain types of cancers or tumors, blockages in your arteries and veins, fibroids in the uterus, back pain, gallstones and gallbladder problems, and thyroid disorders.

    Procedures can include no incision (cut) or only a small one and rarely is a hospital stay needed. Most patients also need only conscious sedation or spinal or epidural anesthesia.

    Radiologists who perform these types of procedure receive 1 or 2 extra years of training after they have finished medical school and basic training in radiology.

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