Interventional Radiology: Innovative Testing and Treatment Options

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Dealing with health issues can be stressful for anyone. Many of us know the anxiety that arises when our doctor thinks something is amiss, and sends us out for tests or a radiological scan.

Radiology is so much more than just an X-ray. Everybody knows it is a powerful tool to diagnose injury and illness, but it is also a valuable treatment option. Interventional radiologists like Dr. Ravi Mydur, of Edinburg Radiology, are among the unsung heroes of medicine.

Most patients never even meet their radiologist. Instead, their interactions are usually with the radiological technologists who operate the imaging equipment. Typical radiologists spend the majority of their time reading the images and scans to determine a diagnosis.  This holds true for Mydur, as well.

“I am basically reading one to two hundred studies a day,” he said.

It is that large volume of scans that gives Mydur an all-encompassing view of the different pathologies in the hospital.

“In all of that, I am bound to come across very interesting pathology, but the satisfying part is making a diagnosis so that the patient can get treated appropriately,” Mydur said.  

The 1895 discovery of the X-ray by Wilhelm Rontgen opened the field of radiology. In the decades that followed, many more advances would come to shape the field of radiology, such as the development of the ultrasound, PET scans, CT scans, and MRIs. Even now, history is still being made in the field of radiology. Interventional Radiology — IR — is bringing the field to the edges of modern medicine and redefining the way physicians treat certain diseases.

IR offers a minimally invasive way to treat a variety of ailments in patients by using medical imaging to see inside the body while treating the condition through a pinhole. This lessens the risk of complications and shortens the recovery time. IR has the capability to treat conditions such as stroke, aneurysm, and several different types of cancers. It can also help provide easier access catheters needed for dialysis.

Mydur found his passion during his Interventional Radiology Fellowship at Case Western Reserve Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. While there, he was able to treat inoperable liver cancer with a radioactive isotope called yttrium-90. When his fellowship ended, he brought that experience back to the Rio Grande Valley. Working with Texas Oncology, he is very involved in diagnosing, biopsies, and scanning for new cancer growth.

One of the great things about radiology is that it allows physicians to catch something before it poses a significant and possibly debilitating threat to their patients. The doctors and staff of Edinburg Radiology are committed to providing much-needed services at affordable prices for residents of the Rio Grande Valley in order to help diagnose and treat these conditions before they become life threatening.  

“Radiology is the cornerstone of preventative maintenance,” Mydur said. “For example, chest X-rays to rule out lung pathologies and annual mammograms to screen for breast cancer.”