The Spinecare Team
The interventional radiologist is a medical physician experienced and trained in the use of special methods under image-guidance to access specific spinal regions and/or tissues. They often treat conditions through the use of percutaneous (under the skin) maneuvers that might otherwise require more complicated surgical intervention. Their approach may incorporate the use of catheters, micro catheters, stents, and therapeutic embolization.
The interventional radiologist must successfully complete demanding educational and training requirements. They typically complete at least four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school and three to eight years of special training in internship, residency and fellowship settings. The interventional radiologist can play an important role on the spinecare team. The services of an interventional radiologist may be used to help reduce pain and/or decompress vital structures in the spine.
For more information about the role and responsibilities of a Interventional Radiologist, please refer to the website of the Society Of Interventional Radiology at http://www.sirweb.org/.