About interventional radiology
Interventional radiology is performed by a consultant radiologist and at Mater Private, it includes diagnostic and therapeutic interventions as well as pain injections and fluoroscopy studies.
What you should know
- You will be informed at the time of your appointment if preparation is required for your scan.
- Patient information leaflets on the injections offered are available below.
- Let the appointments team know if there is any chance you might be pregnant.
The process varies depending on the type of procedure you are having done.
The consultant radiologist performing your procedure and the interventional team will explain the process in detail to you prior to you giving your consent to proceed.
For most outpatient appointments, you will be able to leave immediately after your procedure. It is often required that you have someone collect you as you may not be able to drive home immediately after procedure.
Your procedure will be reported by the consultant radiologist that looked after you for your appointment. The results will be sent directly to your referring doctor.
We are all exposed to natural background radiation every day. Medical exposures give a small additional dose on top of natural radiation.
The amount of radiation received from interventional x-ray is low and varies depending on the body part being examined. As long as it is clearly necessary to help make the correct diagnosis and treatment decision, the benefits of detection, diagnosis and treatment resulting from the procedure should outweigh the risks.