Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology Delivers Noninvasive Treatment of Heart Diseases
Interventional radiology (IR) refers to the minimally invasive radiological procedures performed under image guidance. These procedures are taken purely for diagnostic purposes like angiogram. The cardiovascular interventional radiology is very popular for the treatment of heart surgery. Cardiovascular procedures are particularly well-suited for guided and noninvasive operations, and catheterization. It remains as one of the main applications for interventional radiology. Such images are used to direct the treatment procedures. They are usually done with needle or other tiny instruments like small tubes (catheters).
Interventional imaging modalities include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and fluoroscopy. CT and fluoroscopy use ionizing radiation are fast and geometrically accurate. MRI provides superior tissue contrast; though it is an expensive treatment and requires specialized instruments. Ultrasound suffers from image quality and tissue contrast problems. IR is widely used in the neurological treatment, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and oncological imaging.
A cardiologist is a specialized physician of the heart diseases and its functions and disorders. Such experts can diagnose heart ailments in patients, from newborn babies to the elderly. Diseases diagnosed by a cardiologist include coronary artery disease, heart arrhythmia, ischemic cardiomyopathy, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and peripheral arterial disease.
The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) is a professional body comprising interventional radiologists from Europe and overseas. It publishes peer-reviewed original research work including laboratory and clinical investigations, case reports, brief communications, technical notes, and letters to the editor, as well as review articles, opinions, editorials, and special invited submissions in the field of cardiac, vascular, and interventional radiology.