Current Trauma Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 249–256 | Cite as

Interventional Radiology in the Combat Environment

  • Juan MendozaEmail author
  • Pamela Mallari-Ramos
  • Kendra Thoren
  • Charles Kitley
The Military Perspective (MJ Martin and M Schreiber, Section Editors)
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Purpose of Review

The role of radiology in the combat environment has been redefined recently by the conflicts in the Middle East. The current situation of interventional radiology in the deployed setting is indeterminate. This paper seeks to advocate the use of interventional radiology as a deployable specialty.

Recent Findings

The role of interventional radiology in the deployed setting is not yet fully outlined. To our knowledge, this is the first review of the role of interventional radiology in the combat environment in the US Army.


The role of interventional radiology in the combat environment needs further exploration by the US military as it is often overlooked by military planners. In the future, interventional radiologists should be deployed in a manner that maximizes their skill sets.


Interventional radiology Combat environment Deployed environment Military radiology Military medicine 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Drs. Kitley, Mallari-Ramos, and Thoren and Mr. Mendoza declare no conflicts of interest relevant to this manuscript.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Mendoza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pamela Mallari-Ramos
    • 1
  • Kendra Thoren
    • 1
  • Charles Kitley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMadigan Army Medical CenterTacomaUSA

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