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Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology procedures at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) help diagnose, reduce pain, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients.

Tissue samples can be obtained without open surgery with interventional radiology. Image guided biopsy is usually performed 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 radiologists are vascular experts and 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.

Interventional Radiology at Miami Valley Hospital

  • Nanoknife
    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 being close to vital organs or blood vessels. MVH is part of a unique cancer care team where patients meet with surgical oncologists and radiologists in one setting at The Liver Cancer Center of Ohio.
  • Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) - is a focused heat treatment used to treat cancer in patients with liver tumors. It is performed with a probe that can be programmed for very specific temperatures. This can be used on one or several small lesions in the liver.
  • 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 - is a procedure that offers relief to patients suffering prolonged and debilitating pain from compression fractures in the spinal vertebrae. It is an outpatient procedure where the interventional radiologist inserts a needle through a small incision in the back and into the fractured vertebra. A medical-grade bone cement (hardens in about 15 minutes) is injected into the vertebra which stabilizes the fracture. Vertebroplasty can dramatically reduce back pain, prevent further collapse of the vertebra and restore mobility. 
  • Chemoembolization - delivers a high dose of chemotherapy directly to the liver while depriving the tumor of its blood supply. Embolization keeps the chemotherapy drug in the tumor by blocking the blood flow to other areas of the body. A higher dose of chemotherapy can be used because less of the drug circulates to the healthy cells in the body.
  • Yttrium-90 Radioembolization - is similar to chemoembolization but it uses radioactive microbeads to deliver radiation directly to the tumor. These beads are injected into the liver artery supplying the tumor. The beads lay within the tumor vessels where the localized radiation causes cell death. Radioembolization is not a cure but a treatment that can benefit patients by extending their lives and improving their quality of life. The Liver Cancer Center of Ohio Off Site Icon provides coordinated, comprehensive care for patients with liver tumors.

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