Interventional Radiology

What we do

Interventional radiologists (IR's) are specialist radiologists who specialise in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-rays, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease non-surgically. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Today many conditions that once required surgery can be treated nonsurgically by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery. The Interventional Radiologists at St James Hospital, all of whom are highly experienced, perform approximately 3000 interventional procedures per annum, across an array of vascular, cancer-related, genitourinary, gastrointestinal and neurological conditions.