Interventional Radiology Essay

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1.0 INTRODUCTION
It is known that radiation can be very harmful to a person’s health. According to Marshall and Keene (2006:1), with the recent expansion of diagnostic and interventional radiology, it has been noted that an alarming dose of radiation can be administered to a patient, in a single scan, without having to repeat a procedure. With the evolution of radiography, interventional radiology has become a norm in the diagnosis protocol and it is therefore important to understand the concept of interventional radiology, along with the radiation protection that follows it.
According to Kessel (2013:1), interventional radiology is a special technique that exercises the use of radiological images, such as x-ray fluoroscopy, to accurately diagnose and treat. Interventional radiology often deals with vascular and non-vascular procedures, with vascular procedures being related to or supplied with blood vessels as defined by the Oxford Dictionary (2010:769). Non-vascular procedures are procedures that do not deal with the blood vessels, according to Harper University Hospital (2013:2).
With the usage of interventional radiology, to perform vascular and non-vascular procedures, it is important that one has the adequate knowledge of radiation protection. According to Kiah and Steuve (2012:1), although
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