Interventional radiology (IR) has been revolutionizing modern medicine for a half century. Today, interventional radiologists diagnose and treat life-threatening conditions in some of the most inaccessible areas of the body.
Both therapeutic and diagnostic
IR originated as an invasive subspecialty within diagnostic radiology, but has become recognized as a specialty in some countries.
According to a Consensus Statement in 2010 by professional IR societies in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Israel, Lebanon and the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), interventional radiology comprises