Drs. Kenedy Foryoung, Azza Naif, Fabian Laage Gaupp, Ivan Rukundo, Frank Minja and Erik Mbuguje (from left to right) showcasing a self-made CT biopsy grid
Interventional Radiology (IR), which initially developed as a subspecialty of diagnostic imaging, has become an established and independent clinical specialty in the developed world. In IR, imaging is used to perform minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions.
With the help of Ultrasound, Computed Tomography, and Fluoroscopy, the interventional radiologist performs procedures that often allow for shorter hospital stays and lower complication rates than comparable open surgical approaches. IR is recognized as integral for diagnosis and treatment in modern medical care and adds great value to the healthcare system.
While independent training pathways and certifications for specialization in IR have been established in the US, Europe and East Asia, expansion of IR to the resource limited setting has been limited. Therefore, the vast majority of the world's population currently has no access to IR.