5 Popular Radiology Technologies

In 1895, plain film X-rays made it possible to see bone and other structures inside the body without a surgical incision. Technology moved forward and introduced other diagnostic imaging studies that offer more details than a plain film, such as ultrasound in 1956, CT scans in 1972, and MRI in 1977.

These days, radiology technology provides visual access for specialists performing intricate, minimally invasive procedures such as balloon angioplasty, laser ablation, and other innovative treatments designed to restore normal blood flow through your veins and arteries without surgery.

Dr. Lev Pukin is a board-certified interventional radiologist and vein specialist, with offices in the Midwood area of Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, who leads the team at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC

This award-winning physician is well-known for his medical expertise and commitment to providing highly effective, patient-focused care to patients in and around the communities he serves. He’s happy to provide more information about modern radiology and the benefits it offers.

What is interventional radiology?

Interventional radiology is a medical specialty that uses minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system within the body.

Interventional radiologists complete six to seven years of specialized training before becoming board-certified. Dr. Puvin uses his extensive expertise and skill to provide his patients the least invasive and most effective techniques currently available to improve health outcomes and significantly decrease the risks and extended recovery time required for traditional or “open” surgery.

Conditions diagnosed/treated with interventional radiology?

At Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC, we provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment for numerous conditions:

Our services also include wound care for slow or non-healing wounds, port placement, and dialysis access management.

Depending on your condition, your treatment may include:

These minimally invasive, outpatient procedures are typically very well-tolerated and do not require an overnight hospital stay.   

What technology does an interventional radiologist use?

Five popular radiology technologies we may use alone or in combination at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC are:


Despite its age, plain film X-ray technology is still used frequently to provide a 2-dimensional view of various structures within your body.


Fluoroscopy is a type of X-ray that allows us to see the structure or organ we’re targeting for diagnosis/treatment in real-time. This allows for highly accurate placement of instruments, etc. used during very intricate procedures such as balloon angioplasty, embolization, laser ablation, etc.

Computed tomography (CT) scans

A CT scan uses computer-processed X-rays taken from many different angles to produce cross-sectional images of specific areas. This provides a multi-dimensional view of the targeted region and gives a much more detailed image than plain X-rays.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

MRI is an imaging study that uses a strong magnetic field, computer technology, and radio waves rather than ionizing radiation to create a cross-sectional image of structures within your body. The detail provided by an MRI is often handy in evaluating conditions such as uterine fibroids, prostate abnormalities, and endometriosis.


Ultrasound or sonography uses sound waves to produce images of structures in your body. Like other imaging studies, sonography is painless. It may be used to track everything from the health of a developing fetus to detecting prostate problems to guiding a needle during a biopsy or tumor treatment.

For outstanding medical care designed to diagnose and treat your vein and vascular condition in the most innovative, effective, and painless way possible, schedule a visit with Dr. Lev Pukin.  Call our office or request an appointment online today.


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