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Inside the Interventional Radiology Specialty
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Interventional radiologists pioneered the use of minimally invasive surgery, now a widespread technique for numerous procedures ranging from cosmetic to cardiology. But because interventional radiology has historically been a medical subspecialty, patients and fellow physicians often thought of an interventional radiologist as the person who read the x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. As IRs have developed more clinically significant procedures, particularly in oncology, they have become a more visible and significant clinical addition to care teams. In 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) elevated the subspecialty to a primary medical specialty.