What is Interventional Radiology?


Interventional Radiology is a clinical sub-specialty of Radiology where Radiologists (Doctors) use imaging guidance such as CT or ultrasound to help manage pain (injection), remove fluid (drainage/aspiration) or take a sample of tissue (biopsy). At Quantum Medical Imaging, we specialize in spine and musculoskeletal procedures. We also perform biopsies for the diagnosis of abnormal lumps and bumps that previous imaging may have found.

How long does an interventional procedure take?

The time it takes depends on the procedure taking place. It normally takes 10-15 minutes for routine Ultrasound injections. It can take 15-20 minutes for routine CT injections. Any other advanced interventional procedures such as biopsies can take longer.

How do I prepare for an interventional procedure?

A scan of the area is required prior to your procedure.
Please advise our staff if you are taking blood thinning medications (such as Warfarin, Xarelto or Aspirin), or if you are pregnant.
Please wear clothing without metal buttons, fasteners or zips.
Metal (jewellery, piercings, glasses, hearing aids) will need to be removed from the area being scanned.

Are there any risks?

At Quantum Medical Imaging, we use the latest digital equipment for our Interventional Imaging. This means you can be sure that you are receiving the lowest amount of radiation possible. Anytime you pierce the skin, there is a small risk of bleeding or infection. Quantum Medical Imaging’s sterile procedures aim to reduce these risks. Any specific risks limited to the procedure you are due to have will be communicated to you at the time of the procedure.

How much does interventional cost?

Quantum Medical Imaging bulk bills all CT- and ultrasound-guided procedures.

Your results

Your referring doctor and any other doctor you would like to include in your treatment will receive a formal report of your results in a timely fashion.

Please complete the inquiry form below for your interventional procedure