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Interventional Radiology Technology

Interventional radiologists use sophisticated, state-of-the-art X-ray and other imaging devices to guide tiny catheters and other small tools through the body to diagnose and treat disease without surgery.

In some cases, new interventional radiology procedures can be used to deliver cancer-fighting therapy directly to the site of the tumor.

Using moving X-ray pictures to guide them, interventional radiologists insert miniature devices into blood vessels or other body parts through a small nick in the skin and guide them to the site of the cancer. Cancer-killing therapies such as chemotherapy, radiation, heat and cold, are then delivered to the tumor.

These sophisticated, state-of-the-art techniques allow doctors to treat disease without surgery, creating less risk and faster recoveries for patients.

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