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What is Embolization and is it the Right Choice for You?

embolizationEmbolization is a way of therapeutically cutting off a supply of blood to a particular part of the body. This procedure can be used to prevent internal bleeding, stop the flow of blood to a tumor, treatment of aneurysms or to resolve abnormal connections between veins and arteries. Embolization is a less invasive way to address blood flow concerns than open surgery.

The benefits of embolization include:

  • Less Complications – Given that this is a less invasive procedure than open surgery the risk factors are reduced for patients.
  • No Surgical Incision – This procedure only requires a nick in the skin to insert the catheter and therefore no stitches are required.
  • Brief Hospital Stay – Most people need to stay in the hospital only the night after the procedure. Normal activities can usually begin in approximately one week.
  • Options When Surgery is Not Recommended – This method can be used to treat tumors and other vascular issues that can’t be removed surgically or would pose too great of a risk if surgery was attempted.

The procedure is done with the aid of x-ray imaging and a contract material so the blood vessel can be seen clearly. The doctor inserts a catheter into the blood vessel and moves it up to the area that needs to be treated. The catheter is a long, thin plastic tube that fits inside the vein or artery, it is approximately 1/8 inch in diameter so you can compare it to being smaller than a pencil lead used in a mechanical pencil. Once the catheter is positioned properly an embolic agent is inserted through the catheter and this synthetic material or medication is placed for the treatment.

Different types of embolic agents can be used depending on the size of the blood vessel and whether the agent need to be a permanent or temporary solution.
Embolization can provide treatment for a variety of medical needs, so discuss your particular situation with the doctor and they can answer your questions about the benefits and risks of their recommended course of treatment.

Embolization can be performed by the providers of Peninsula Radiology Associates. If your doctor has recommended embolization as the appropriate procedure for you, and you would like more information, please contact us at (757) 989-8830. We would be happy to help you decide if it’s right for you!

Peninsula Radiology Associates Features Dr. Dennie Bartol, M.D., FACR

Peninsula Radiological Associates has provided quality medical imaging services for more than 50 years. Our team of board certified and fellowship-trained radiologists have over 200 years of combined experience. Our team delivers the most comprehensive range of medical diagnostic imaging and interventional radiological procedures available on the Virginia Peninsula.

Peninsula Radiological Associates is affiliated with the highly esteemed Riverside Health System. This partnership allows for the greatest level of expertise, technology and service to our patients. Our team of accomplished physicians have a wide range of subspecialty, fellowship trained expertise, which allows them to provide our patients with outstanding care.

Dr. Dennie Bartol Newport News, VAMeet Dr. Dennie Bartol, M.D., FACR

Dr. Dennie Thomasson Bartol graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He received his internship training at the Medical College of Virginia, where he also completed his Residency in diagnostic radiology. Dr. Bartol completed an Interventional Radiology Fellowship at Georgetown University.

Currently, Dr. Bartol is an interventional radiologist at Riverside Regional Medical Center, where he also holds the position of Director of Interventional Radiology, as well as medical director for the Department of Radiology.

In addition to being Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Bartol is certified by the North Carolina Board of Medicine and the Virginia Board of Medicine. He also holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Interventional Radiology. Dr. Bartol is a member of many professional societies, including:

  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Southeastern Angiography Society

He is also a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, where he previously held a position as President for the Virginia Chapter. Throughout his career, Dr. Bartol has published many peer-reviewed papers, and presented at conferences across the country. Dr. Bartol was awarded the “Top Docs” award in 2009, and the “Super Docs” award in 2011. He resides in Newport News with his wife and two children. Learn more about Dr. Bartol.

At Peninsula Radiology, it is our goal to always utilize the least invasive technology for diagnosis. Call (757) 595-6363 or go online to schedule an appointment for imaging services.

Dr. Benjamin Pettus Selected by International Association of Radiologists as A Top Doctor

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 9.26.23 AMThe International Association of Radiologist has selected Dr. Benjamin Pettus as one of esteemed physician’s to be included in the pages of the highly notable publication, The Leading Physicians of the World. With a mission of representing the globes finest doctors, radiologists from the IAR will join the ranks with other prestigious physicians from various specialties, and geographical areas.

Dr. Pettus will be representing Newport News, VA. The publication will be showcasing his full professional biography and areas of expertise. It is a milestone in every doctor’s career, and a handy reference for patients looking for a specialist in their area.

Dr. Pettus received his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biopathology relevant to the study and treatment of cancer, and earned his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Dr. Pettus completed his internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA, and his post graduate training included a Residency in Diagnostic Radiology and a Fellowship in Mammography and Breast Imaging from the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Currently, Dr. Pettus is a general diagnostic  radiologist, and a breast imaging & interventional specialist at Peninsula Radiological Associates, the sole radiological provider for the Riverside Health System.

Radiology is an every changing and growing field. The Leading Physicians of the World has selected highly established radiologists from internationally recognized institutions, and also some newer faces who are gaining popularity as innovators within their field. All the doctors that are featured are dedicated to promoting the highest standards of radiology, and quality of healthcare.