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Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology

Minimally-invasive procedure resulting in less pain than open surgery.

Interventional Radiology:
Advanced Technology with Fewer Risks and Big Benefits 

Interventional radiology is one of the fastest growing areas of medicine, combining advanced tools with quality imaging techniques. Many interventional radiology techniques are replacing traditional surgeries because they have lower risks of pain and bleeding and allow you to recover from your procedure much more quickly.

At Bristol Health, our interventional radiologists use high tech imaging and specialized tools like wires and catheters to perform procedures through just one small incision. After your procedure is over, you’ll likely be able to return home the same day and return to all your normal activities quickly.

Because of the low risks of these procedures, most patients are candidates for interventional radiology procedures, despite age or other health conditions. Your doctor will help you learn if an interventional radiology procedure is right for you.


Why It's Done

Through the use of image-guided technology, our specially trained radiologists are able to perform minimally-invasive procedures to both diagnose and treat, and manage many types of cancer and other conditions. 

How the Procedure is Performed

Generally, patients undergoing interventional radiology do not receive general anesthesia and are awake during the procedure. The incision area is made numb with the use of local anesthesia in order to minimize pain and discomfort for the patient.

Interventional radiologists then use imaging techniques such as X-Ray, MRI scans, CT scans and ultrasounds to guide the catheters and instruments to the exact area where the procedure or treatment is to be performed.

The amount of time for recovery varies, but you can rest assured you will feel minimal pain.

Diagnostic Imaging

Meet Paul

I am no stranger to Bristol Hospital, or the Bristol Hospital Cancer Care Center. I was the only baby born at Bristol Hospital on Valentine’s Day in 1940. My wife of 49 years, Bonnie, was a breast cancer survivor who was treated in the Cancer Care Center for lung cancer before she passed away on January 2017.
Last winter my life took a turn. 

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