I have been a practicing interventional radiologist for 24 years. As an interventional radiologist, I use imaging guidance to perform in a “minimally invasive” manner procedures that might otherwise be performed surgically. There is no need for general anesthesia, no incision, and only a short recovery time.
I am known locally and nationally for my expertise in image-guided biopsy, an outpatient procedure that allows for rapid diagnosis of a tumor and then initiation of treatment. Virtually any tumor within the chest, abdomen, or pelvis can be biopsied safely with a needle using imaging guidance, thus avoiding general anesthesia and complications associated with traditional surgical biopsy. This is often a patient's first experience with an interventional radiologist.