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Geogy Vatakencherry

, Alok Bhatt

, and Amanjit S. Baadh

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date: 23 September 2019

In the 1960s, Dr. Charles Dotter created the field of vascular and interventional radiology. Despite tremendous opposition from competing providers, he forged ahead, bringing percutaneous vascular intervention to the mainstream of modern medicine. Since Dotter, vascular and interventional radiology has undergone a dramatic transformation marked by repeated innovation. In September 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties recognized interventional radiology as the 37th primary specialty in medicine, acknowledging the unique nature of this specialty, in that it combines clinical, imaging, and technical skill sets. As the field evolves from one focused on techniques and procedures to involving disease specialists with the inclusion of consultative services, it is imperative that the interventionalist becomes better integrated in patient management through more effective consultations. This chapter provides a framework for providing effective consultations to patients and families, referring providers, and colleagues.

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