Development of an interventional radiology practice or section depends first on the commitment and ability of the interventionalist but is also contingent on an appropriate environment. Moreover, the interventionalist must attempt to change long-standing concepts and referral patterns with aggressive dissemination of information. He or she must be an advocate of the procedure offered, as well as their benefits to the patient and the health care system. One must actively include outpatient visits and admissions as part of services offered. Allies in this effort include primary care physicians, internists, hospital administration, and third-party payers. In addition, organized radiology can now offer some assistance through the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology and the American College of Radiology. All of these factors will contribute significantly to the success of interventional radiology in both teaching and community hospital settings.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging