The field of Interventional Radiology has been in existence for a long time. You may have heard of angioplasty. It certainly has its roots intertwined with this procedure. However, today it is so much more and encompasses access to almost every organ system in the body.
Its basic premise is that doctors trained in Interventional Radiology can treat a multitude medical conditions that had previously required surgery. The procedures are performed through small holes in the skin, hence they are minimally invasive.
As imaging technology has advanced so has the breadth of interventional radiology procedures. The Interventional Radiologist utilizes fluoroscopy (real time x-ray), digital subtraction radiography, ultrasound and CAT scans to “see” inside your body. They are able to treat conditions with more precision, less invasively and reduced complications and hospital stays.
Mammoth Hospital Interventional Radiology provides an array of minimally invasive image guided procedures, including:
- Venous Access for chemotherapy, antibiotics, TPN and dialysis access
- Pulmonary Embolism refractory to Medical Management
- Dialysis shunt or fistula maintenance and revascularization
- Aspiration and Drainage Procedures of abnormal fluid collections
- Image Guided Biopsies
- Percutaneous Placement of GI feeding and/or gastric decompression tubes
- Urinary tract procedures
- Biliary tract procedures
- Pulmonary and right heart procedures
- Pain Management
New areas on the horizon for Mammoth Hospital Interventional Radiology include:
- Lumbar and Thoracic Vertebroplasty/Kyphyoplasty
- Diagnostic Angiography to evaluate for bleeding or vascular disease, etc.
- Endovascular treatment (embolization) of bleeding in trauma
- Revascularization techniques
- Lower extremity venous hypertension procedures
- Gynecological procedures
- Male Reproductive Procedures
- Placement of PluerX tunneled drainage catheters for chronic pleural effusions and peritoneal ascites