Position Statement on Interventional Radiology and General Surgery

  1. The assessment and selection of general surgical patients for radiological intervention must be in the hands of general surgical specialists, with such appropriate consultation with the radiology specialists as is deemed necessary.
  2. The primary care of such patients and the continuing post intervention care of progress and complications must be in the hands of general surgical specialists.
  3. It is acceptable for hospital staff radiologists to treat by interventional techniques either ambulatory outpatients or outpatients referred from another institution. On the other hand, CAGS advises that any such patients whose admission to the treating institution might be reasonably anticipated should be seen in consultation by a specialist general surgeon practicing in that institution including post interventional care and the management of ensuing complications should be in the hands of the general surgical specialist and his/her team.