For the past several years, interventional radiology (IR) has been the fastest-growing division of the radiology department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a tertiary medical center in Boston. In fact, by 2014, inpatient treatment requests for IR services at BIDMC had increased so much that the division’s standard operating hours were no longer sufficient.
As x-ray film moved to computed radiography (CR), patients and providers saw tremendous benefits from the resulting enhanced image quality and speed of imaging results. After all, the technology eliminated the likelihood for reshooting an image, therefore lessening the exposure to additional ionizing radiation, reducing costs, and streamlining diagnosis. Later, the advent of digital radiography (DR) ushered in further improvements to image quality, speed, and dose efficiency.