Interventional Radiology (IR) is a relatively new medical field which performs minimally invasive therapies under imaging guidance. Interventional radiologists are physicians who perform these minimally invasive treatments. IR is currently a subspecialty of Radiology: interventional radiologists have completed a diagnostic radiology residency, followed by subspecialty/fellowship training in IR.
How do I become an interventional radiologist?
Current training pathway:
- Diagnostic Radiology Residency (5 years)
- IR Fellowship (1 year)
Training pathway will be changing soon:
- In the near future, the training pathway will involve increasing the duration of IR training to 2 years, but 1 year will be double-counted within the diagnostic radiology training. This change will allow for more training in clinical skills and IR related imaging. Total length of time will stay the same (6 years).
- In the more distant future, IR may become its own specialty and have its own residency program