Interventional Radiology refers to the diagnostic and therapeutic activities of radiologists who manipulate needles, guidewires, catheters, or other instruments into blood vessels, the hepatobiliary system, the urinary tract, and thoracic and abdominal fluid collections and masses. These procedures occupy a significant amount of time and effort in most diagnostic radiology practices.
Interventional procedures for the most part have developed over the past decade and continue to evolve and expand. It seems appropriate that a major textbook has arrived to serve the educational and reference needs for the thousands of radiologists who already perform these procedures and for those who will learn to do them in the future.
The primary audience for this book will, of course, be diagnostic radiologists. However, because of the various diseases and organ systems involved, interdisciplinary efforts and cooperation among respective subspecialty internists and surgeons are required, and therefore, physicians other than radiologists will also find