The Pursuit of Better Medicine with Interventional Radiology

Welcome to Precision IR and thank you for visiting our website. In our introductory blog article, we would like to share our rationale for starting our new practice focused solely on interventional radiology.

In a nutshell, interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology designed to treat disease and other health conditions from inside the body. These minimally invasive treatments require just a small nick in the skin to gain access to an artery, usually the femoral artery in the leg or the radial artery in the wrist. Imaging (such as fluoroscopy or ultrasound) is used to guide the catheter through the body’s blood vessels to the area of concern, where treatment is performed.

Most interventional radiology treatments are completed in about an hour. They are less risky than open surgery. Patients enjoy a faster recovery, less downtime and no scarring. They are performed in our convenient outpatient center. And they are much less expensive than surgery or interventional radiology procedures performed in a hospital.

Dr. Jonathan Olsen and I have undergone an additional 1-2 years of fellowship training to become interventional radiologists. We believe minimally invasive procedures are the future of medicine, and we’re excited to be a part of this growing field. Each year, new and less invasive options to open surgery are introduced and we pledge to add them to our service offering once we are convinced they are safe, effective and can benefit our patients.

In short, they represent better medicine. Which is exactly why we became doctors in the first place!

Today, we offer minimally invasive treatments for nearly every organ system in the body. Spine fractures, vascular disease, uterine fibroids, enlarged prostate and more can be effectively treated with interventional radiology techniques. Each time we add a new procedure, you’ll read about it here in our blog. We will also share company news, patient experiences and other information that we believe you will find useful.

Considering how interventional radiology treatments are now used to treat the world’s most common diseases and health conditions, chances are good that you or your loved ones will benefit from one of these treatments in the future.


Andy Vartanian, M.D.

Jonathan Olsen, M.D.

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