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National Kidney Foundation: More than 485,000 Americans are being treated for kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease, or ESRD. Of these, more than 341,000 are dialysis patients and more than 140,000 have a functioning kidney transplant.

Dialysis treatment (2006): 354,754 U.S. residents with ESRD received dialysis; United States Renal Data System (USRDS) 2008 Annual Data Report. United States Renal Data System Web site, www.usrds.org/adr.htm (accessed October 31, 2008).

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Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-ray, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, such as in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Today, interventional oncology is a growing specialty area of interventional radiology. Interventional radiologists can deliver treatments for cancer directly to the tumor without significant side effects or damage to nearby normal tissue.

Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments off
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