IR FAQs

There are many questions that can come up when your physician orders an interventional radiology exam for you. We want to answer all of your questions. If you would like to learn more about an interventional procedure or exam feel free to call us at (573) 334-6071. Below are just a few of the questions we hear most frequently.

Will I be put to sleep?

Generally, you will not be put completely to sleep. Almost all procedures require that you be given local anesthesia at the entry into the skin. For some procedures, the radiology nurse may give you medicine to help you relax. You may be drowsy, but conscious and will be able to speak and follow directions throughout your procedure. Our goal is for you to remain comfortable and relaxed.

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Will I have an incision?

Generally, interventional radiology procedures do not require an incision. A small nick in the skin, about the size of a pen, is made where the catheter enters the body.

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What are the risks?

Any medical procedure has risks. The radiologist will discuss the risks with you before your procedure is performed. If you have questions, at any time, discuss them with your Cape Radiology Group doctor or a staff member.

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Who are interventional radiologists?

Interventional radiologists are doctors specializing in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging for guidance. They use their expertise in reading x-ray, ultrasound, MRI and other diagnostic imaging to guide tiny instruments, such as catheters, through blood vessels or through the skin to treat diseases without surgery. Interventional radiologists are board-certified and fellowship-trained in minimally-invasive interventions using imaging guidance. The American Board of Medical Specialties certifies their specialized training. Your interventional radiologist will work closely with your primary care or other physician to be sure you receive the best possible care.

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How safe is the radiation during the treatment?

The highest standards of patient safety have been incorporated into the development of these procedures. Interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology training programs include radiation safety, radiation physics, the biological effects of radiation and injury prevention.

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Do I need a referral from my general physician?

Not always for interventional radiology procedures. It’s a case by case situation. For more information or additional details call (573) 334-6071.

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