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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