The vascular system refers to the system of arteries and veins that carry blood through the body. Vascular disease includes all conditions that affect that system. Recent advances in catheter-based, minimally invasive treatment options have expanded the role of Interventional Radiology in managing vascular disease.
If left untreated, vascular issues can have severe consequences, leading to clotting, aneurysms, and even death. During interventional procedures, vascular disease specialists rely on catheter and needle-based treatments to open blocked vessels and close enlarged ones. These image-guided techniques, also known as endovascular therapy, are minimally invasive and help relieve symptoms while treating vascular disease.
Common conditions and treatments include: