Patient Evaluation and Preparation in Vascular and Interventional Radiology: What Every Interventional Radiologist Should Know (Part 1: Patient Assessment and Laboratory Tests)

Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2016 Mar;39(3):325-33. doi: 10.1007/s00270-015-1228-7.


Performing an interventional procedure imposes a commitment on interventional radiologists to conduct the initial patient assessment, determine the best course of therapy, and provide long-term care after the procedure is completed. After patient referral, contact with the referring physician and multidisciplinary team approach is vital. In addition, clinical history, physical examination, as well as full understanding of the pre-procedural laboratory results and imaging findings can guide the interventional radiologist to implement the most appropriate management plan, avoid unnecessary procedures, and prevent complications to achieve a successful outcome. We provide a comprehensive, methodical review of pre-procedural care and management in patients undergoing vascular and interventional radiology procedures.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Communication
  • Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Medical History Taking
  • Physical Examination
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Preoperative Care / methods
  • Preoperative Care / standards*
  • Professionalism
  • Radiology, Interventional / standards*
  • Referral and Consultation