Vascular & Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiology, a specialty often referred to as “the surgery of the 21st century,” was founded by American radiologist Charles Dotter in 1964, when he invented angioplasty to treat clogged blood vessels without surgery.
Interventional radiologists use their special training in medical imaging to guide miniaturized instruments through small nicks in the skin (see photo) to treat a variety of conditions without surgery. These procedures have several potential advantages over their surgical alternatives including:
fewer complications and risks
shorter recovery times
less (or no) blood loss.