What are Interventional Procedures?
Interventional radiology is a sub-specialised field of radiology that uses imaging techniques like X-rays, CT, MRI and ultrasound guidance to perform minor surgical procedures, reducing the need for traditional or keyhole surgery.
Interventional radiology covers a wide range of procedures, including:
- Embolisation procedures
- IVC Filter Insertion/Removal
- PICC line or Portacath insertions/removals
- Lumbar puncture
Procedures requiring a higher level of aftercare are usually performed in a hospital.
How long does it take?
The duration is dependant on the procedure you’re having. When you book your appointment, ask one of our friendly staff how much time you’ll need to allocate.
How should I prepare?
Preparation will depend on the type of procedure you are having. When you book your appointment, we’ll discuss any preparation needed for your particular procedure.
If you’re pregnant or may possibly be pregnant, you should let us know when you make the appointment.
Please bring any recent scans with you for review.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that any paperwork can be completed.
What can I expect during Interventional Radiology Procedures?
You may be required to remove items like jewellery, coins, keys, belts and/or change into a patient gown. You may also be required to have blood tests or an ECG done before your procedure.
You’ll be given a local anaesthetic or be put under conscious sedation for the procedure. This means you’ll be awake and relaxed through the entire process, but experience no pain.
After the procedure, the incision site will be dressed. Some incisions are so small they don’t require stitching afterwards. You may be asked to wait approximately 2 to 4 hours in a recovery area to allow us to monitor you before you’re discharged.
What will it cost?
A Medicare rebate and/or health fund benefit may apply for these examinations. If there’s an out-of-pocket expense, we’ll let you know when you book your appointment.
When will I get the results?
We will prepare a report for your doctor or health practitioner and send it electronically within 24 hours. You should make an appointment with your referring doctor to receive and talk about your test results.
What are the risks of Interventional Radiology Procedures?
These treatments typically have reduced risk, less pain and shorter recovery times than traditional surgery performed under general anaesthesia.
The X-rays used to guide the procedure emit a small amount of radiation to create images of the body. The level of radiation exposure is considered safe for most adults but not for a developing embryo or fetus. If you’re pregnant, or believe you’re pregnant, discuss alternative methods to imaging with your doctor.
- Follow preparations advised at the time of booking appointment.
- Quoted fees payable at the completion of your appointment.
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
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Where can I have Interventional Radiology Procedures?
QDI performs interventional radiology procedures at a number of clinics. Procedures requiring a higher level of aftercare are usually performed at one of our QDI hospital sites.