The leading-edge work of SJRH interventional radiologists is just one example of how the sub-speciality is coming of age across Canada. Last year the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) launched the CAIR Initiative, aimed at raising awareness about the benefits of minimally invasive IR treatments, and lifting the hurdles that stand in the way of greater access to treatments.

Dr. Amol Mujoomdar, division head for interventional radiology at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in Ontario, is the current CAIR president. He said the goal of the initiative is to enable change – including the adoption of national standards for IR programs – so that patients have a better understanding of their options and interventional radiology suites will be busier.

“We literally have an IR suite that sits empty because we don’t have the operational funding to staff it,” said Dr. Mujoomdar, noting that due to patient demand, he could “fill it up tomorrow” if the funding was available.

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