Vol. 18, No. 2
Do we really want interventional radiology in every local hospital?
The result will be that our hysterectomies disappear into their intervention rooms
In Dr. Robert L. Barbieri
s December editorial,
Massive obstetric hemorrhage: High-and low-tech tools
he posed the following question:
Should all obstetric services have access to the high-technology interventional radiology procedures?
My answer: definitely not; it is too expensive.
Why are health-care costs spiraling? Because of the frequent introduction of new, high-tech (and therefore expensive) techniques. Is there any proof that the balloon, compression sutures, and artery ligation are inferior to embolization? Until there is, I avoid recommending radiological techniques.