Chandigarh,, June 30 -- The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research is starting a three-year doctorate of medicine (DM) course, the first of its kind in north India, in interventional radiology from July 1

"This is the first such course being started in north India. The only other hospital offering an advanced three-year DM course is the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai," said prof MS Sandhu, head, department of radiodiagnosis.

Interventional radiology, an important subspecialty of radiology, allows minimally invasive procedures to be done quickly under minimal anesthesia. It's relatively painless and can be done on an out-patient basis, prof Sandhu added.

The procedures are performed through medical imaging guidance, su...