Interventional radiology procedures at Miami Valley Hospital help diagnose, reduce pain and improve the quality of life for cancer patients.
Making Biopsies Easier on Patients
Interventional radiology allows physicians to take tissue samples without open surgery. Physicians usually perform image-guided biopsy using a moving X-ray technique (fluoroscopy, CT, ultrasound or MRI) to pinpoint the exact location of the abnormality. The procedure is less painful and requires less recovery time than open surgical biopsy.
Interventional Radiology Cancer Treatments
The following interventional radiology cancer treatments are available at Miami Valley Hospital:
Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) - a focused heat treatment used to treat cancer in patients with liver tumors. Physicians perform this treatment with a probe that can be programmed for very specific temperatures.
Cryoablation - delivers the energy directly into the tumor similar to radio frequency ablation. However, rather than killing the tumor with heat, cryoablation uses an extremely cold gas to freeze it.
Vertebroplasty - a procedure that offers relief to patients suffering prolonged and debilitating pain from compression fractures in the spinal vertebrae. It is an outpatient procedure in which the interventional radiologist inserts a needle through a small incision in the back, and into the fractured vertebra.
Chemoembolization - delivers a high dose of chemotherapy directly to the liver while depriving the tumor of its blood supply.
Yttrium-90 (Y-90) Radioembolization - similar to chemoembolization, but it uses radioactive microbeads to deliver radiation directly to the tumor. Physicians inject these beads into the liver artery supplying the tumor.
First in Ohio: The NanoKnife IRE System
Miami Valley Hospital is the first hospital in Ohio to provide area patients with access to the very latest cancer treatment technology through the NanoKnife IRE (Irreversible Electroporation) System. This new tool allows interventional radiologists and surgeons to remove lesions previously deemed inaccessible or inoperable because of close proximity to vital organs or blood vessels.
Your Interventional Radiology Team
Interventional radiologists are uniquely skilled in using the vascular system to deliver targeted treatments via catheter throughout the body. Cancer can be attacked without affecting other parts of the body.
Preparing for Interventional Radiology Procedures
Premier Health Library
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about cancer and interventional radiology. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery and much more.
Content Updated: December 5, 2014