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Interventional Radiology

Interventional RadiologyOperations can be scary to even think about. While operations are effective at solving problems, many people tend to prefer a less invasive method of treatment. That’s where interventional radiology comes into play. 

Using their expert skills, interventional radiologists use x-rays, ultrasounds, and other medical imaging to guide small instruments — such as catheters — through blood vessels or other pathways in order to treat disease through the skin. This method is far less invasive and less costly. Of course, this method of treatment is still effective.

There are many uses for interventional radiology, and we will cover a few of them here.

Angiography: An X-ray exam of the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages and other blood vessel problems.

Chemoembolization: This method delivers cancer-fighting agents directly to the tumor.

Gastrostomy Tube: For people who are unable to eat through their mouth, this gastrostomy tube is inserted into the stomach instead.

Needle Biopsy: The needle biopsy is an alternative to a surgical biopsy and is a diagnostic test for various cancers, such as breast and lung cancer. 

Stent: Stents are tubular supports and are generally inserted into a blood vessel, duct, or canal in order to help the healing process or fix an obstruction.

Thrombolysis: A blood-clot killer, the thrombolysis injects drugs at the site of the clot, which then dissolves the clot.

These are just a few of the ways interventional radiology works to help make your treatment even easier. Of course, there are other methods that benefit from interventional radiology as well; this is a sample of what radiologists can do with this technology.

At Peninsula Radiology, we are pleased to be able to provide interventional radiology at our Riverside Regional Medical Center location. If you are interested in any of these procedures, please schedule an appointment by calling (757) 989-8830. We look forward to seeing you!

What to Expect with Nuclear Medicine Imaging

Radiology Services Virginia Nuclear medicine imagingWhen you hear the term nuclear medicine, there’s a chance you may be a bit concerned with the treatment. After all, nuclear fallout, nuclear weapons, and nuclear meltdowns all have a negative connotation. When it comes to nuclear medicine imaging, however, there is no danger in it.

What is Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine isn’t something you take, like a pain reliever or antibiotic. Rather, it’s simply an imaging process, or a scan. What happens during this scan is a small amount of radioactive material is used, alongside a special camera and computer, to capture images of the insides of your body.

Of course, there are other imaging techniques, so why use nuclear medicine for imaging? Simply stated, because nuclear medicine imaging is able to detect molecular activity with precision, and can discover diseases in their earliest stages, during which time they’re easier to treat.

Preparing for the Exam

Generally speaking, there isn’t a lot you need to do to prepare for a nuclear medicine scan. If, however, the scan will be looking at the stomach, you may be asked to not eat food before coming. Likewise, if the scan is for the kidneys, you may be asked to drink lots of water beforehand. Whatever the case, your radiologist will let you know what you should do before you come in.

What You Should Expect

Most scans will have you lie down on a table. The camera may look like a CT scanner, however it may also be positioned above the table or below the table. While the images are being taken, you must stay as still as possible so as to get the most accurate image. Don’t worry about the radioactivity lingering in your body, either. The majority of it leaves your body through urine and stool. The rest disappears over time, so if you were hoping to gain superpowers like Spider-Man from nuclear medicine, you’re out of luck.


If you need nuclear medicine imaging or other radiology services, please schedule an appointment with us at Peninsula Radiology by giving us a call at (757) 989-8830.

Benjamin J. Pettus, MD, PhD – A Leading Physician

Our very own Dr. Benjamin Pettus has been featured by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals as a Leading Physician. We are honored to have such incredible doctors on our team at Peninsula Radiology!

Dr. Pettus is Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology and is also a member of the Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, Society of Breast Imaging, Phi Delta Lambda PLNU Graduate Honor Society, and the American College of Radiology.


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.

Hampton Roads Top Docs 2013

top docsWe are pleased to announce that five of our doctors have been recognized as “Top Doctors” in Hampton Roads.

The survey was conducted by the Consumer Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services and surveyed most reputable medical providers to determine the most gifted physicians in the area. Hampton Roads Magazine releases a complete list of the area’s best physicians each year in a variety of practices including everything from family and sports medicine to plastic surgery.

We are proud of all the well-deserving doctors who made the 2012 Hampton Roads magazine “Top Doctors” list. Please join us in congratulating:

· Dr. Dennie Bartol Interventional/Diagnostic, RMG Affiliate

· Dr. Jonathan DeMeo Diagnostic, RMG Affiliate

· Dr. Thomas Pincus Diagnostic, RMG Affiliate

· Dr. David Schengber Diagnostic, RMG Affiliate

· Dr. Janice Newsome Interventional, RMG Affiliate

Candidates were evaluated on the indicators of peer recognition, professional achievement and disciplinary history. A peer review resulted in over 6,000 recommendations in 36 specialties. 449 physicians made the final cut, and the list is designed to help consumers in their search for a trusted and respected physicians.

Once again, congratulations on your recognition by your peers as one of Hampton Road’s Top Doc. Also, a special thank you to our patients and their families who put their trust in our practice every day.

Dr. Sharon Outten Recognized as a Champion of Caring

Dr. OuttenPlease join us in congratulating our very own Dr. Sharon Outten, for being recognized as a Champion of Caring! Because of her extraordinary care and service, a grateful patient has honored Dr. Outten with a gift of gratitude that will be used to help other Riverside cancer care patients. This is quite a tribute knowing the care provided by Dr. Outten made such an inspiring difference that she was singled out among 9000 Riverside team members who provide care to tens of thousands of patients each year!

This gift, honoring Dr. Outten as a special caregiver has been made to the:

Riverside Tree of Life Cancer Fund – This year alone, the fund has provided over $34,700 in financial assistance to qualified Riverside cancer care patients to help with things like obtaining necessary medications or transportation to and from appointments for cancer treatment.  The fund also helps to assure that underserved community members have access to life saving cancer screenings and prevention programs.

In the kind words or the donor:

“Dr. Outten was very careful to answer all my question’s truthfully and to not hurt me.  And when they told me what they thought, she hugged me and I felt loved and cared for.”

We are proud of Dr. Outten for brining the Riverside Mission – “caring for others as we would care of those we love” – to life.