Report urges improved rural access to interventional radiologists

2019 02 15 18 26 2638 Interventional Radiology 400

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) have released a report that calls for improved access to interventional radiologists in rural areas of the U.S.

The paper, published October 7 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, not only highlights the need for better access to interventional radiologic care in underserved areas but also offers strategies for recruiting these specialists to rural communities and then retaining them.

"Access to an interventional radiologist's care can be the difference between life and death, yet millions of Americans living in rural communities do not have access to the image-guided treatments interventional radiologists perform to literally save life and limb," Dr. Parag Patel, SIR president of Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, said in a statement released by the two organizations.

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