Operations 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!