Interventional Radiology

Our Mission and Philosophy of Care

The Division of Interventional Radiology at the University of Arizona consists of an expertly-trained team of interventional radiologists and staff, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.  We treat a wide range of vascular and nonvascular disorders without the need for open and invasive surgery.  Our goal is to provide safe, effective, and compassionate care to all patients. 

What is Interventional Radiology and what are its Benefits? Interventional Radiology (IR) is an exciting and unique subspecialty of Radiology, also known as Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) or Surgical Radiology.  IR is the intersection of Radiology and Surgery, minus many of the risks, costs, recovery time, and physical trauma of traditional surgery.  In fact, it has been referred to as the “surgery of the new millennium” because it replaces the scalpel with a needle.  IR uses advanced medical imaging technology (MRIs, CTs, X-rays, Ultrasound, and other imaging modalities) to perform minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system.  Interventional radiologists use these “live” images to direct miniature interventional instruments (needles, probes, and catheters) throughout the body to treat at the site of illness internally, rather than making large incisions into the body.  While no treatment is free of all risk, the risks of interventional procedures are far less than open surgery.  This results in shorter hospital stays and improved health outcomes. Trained interventional radiologists can now treat many conditions that once required open, invasive, surgery.  IR is a specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.  Interventional Radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology in both vascular and interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology.