From the April 2015 issue of Columbus CEO — Interventional radiologists have emerged from X-ray labs into operating rooms, using minimally invasive techniques to treat hard-to-reach parts of the body and turning a low-profile specialty into a burgeoning surgical field with its own clinical and outpatient services. In the process, they're reducing costs, shortening recovery times and easing pain.
"Interventional radiology is perhaps the most interesting medical field that a lot of folks haven't heard about," says Dr. James Spain, chief of interventional radiology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "We invented minimally invasive. We rarely make an incision over a quarter of an inch—just a nick in the skin—and we put a Band-Aid on at the end."