A Diagnostic Radiologist who receives additional training in image-guided therapies. The Vascular and Interventional Radiologist utilizes fluoroscopy, digital radiography, computed tomography, sonography and magnetic resonance imaging to guide small devices inserted into the body through very small openings. These minimally invasive, image-guided approaches enable the safe performance of a large variety of effective therapeutic procedures, many without the need for general anesthesia or hospital admission. Therapies include angioplasty, stent placement, thrombolysis, embolization, biliary and genitourinary drainages, abscess drainages and many more.
A Radiologist is a physician who uses imaging methodologies to diagnose and manage patients and provide therapeutic options. Physicians practicing in the field of Radiology specialize in Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, or Radiation Oncology. They also may certify in a number of subspecialties (descriptions follow). The board also certifies in Medical Physics and issues specific certificates within this discipline.