Interventional radiology (IR) uses minimally-invasive procedures to diagnose and treat disease, utilizing visualization technologies such as X-ray fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound to look below the surface of the skin. Interventional oncology indicates the particular focus that MTVIR physicians pursue within this broader field of interventional radiology.
The specialists at MTVIR do not exclude other aspects of IR, but focus their efforts on the needs of the oncology patient in their fight against cancer. This can mean using IR to perform biopsies or drain fluids, but can also include more high-end procedures used to control tumors and prevent progression of the disease.
MTVIR specializes in these more high-end procedures. Sometimes they involve precise catheter work to deliver chemotherapy or radiation therapy directly to tumors in the liver to kill them or shrink them prior to surgical resection. Sometimes the procedures are used to help manage pain resulting from tumors that have metastasized. The procedures themselves are all performed in a state-of-the-art hospital setting, working hand-in-hand with oncologists, surgical oncologists, and radiation oncologists to provide the highest possible level of care for patients.