Interventional radiology is a rapidly growing specialty which uses different imaging methods to treat patients and their diseases. The methods used include fluoroscopy (real time X-rays), ultrasound and CAT scans. Using these tools, interventional radiologists introduce small tubes called catheters into patients' bodies to deliver targeted, minimally invasive therapies for a number of medical conditions.
Almost all of the procedures performed by interventional radiologists involve very small incisions and are done under light sedation. Many procedures are performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospitalization. In some cases, these therapies have replaced more invasive surgical therapies in the treatment of certain diseases and, therefore, are associated with a shorter recovery period.
Interventional radiologists are physicians who receive their initial training in diagnostic radiology (learning to interpret studies such as CAT scans, ultrasound and MRI) and then receive specialized training in performing advanced procedures using imaging guidance. The interventional radiologists at Lenox Hill Hospital are board-certified by the American College of Radiology in both diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology.
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Daniel Javit, MD, has been an interventional radiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital since 1994. He graduated cum laude from Amherst College and attended Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Javit completed his medical internship at Roosevelt Hospital and his residency in radiology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in interventional radiology at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center.
Dr. Javit is board-certified by the American College of Radiology and has received the Certificate of Added Qualification in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology. He has received the organization's Physician Recognition Award annually since 1996.Mark Westcott, MD
Mark Westcott, MD, graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame. He attended Georgetown University Medical School and trained in diagnostic radiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He then completed a fellowship in interventional radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Westcott is board-certified by the American College of Radiology in both Diagnostic Radiology and Interventional Radiology. He received the Certificate of Added Qualification in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology in 1996. He has been in practice since 1994 and joined Lenox Hill Hospital in the spring of 2002.
Interventional radiologists perform a wide array of procedures. Following is a sample of some of them: