Using Imaging Technology Not Only to Diagnose, But to Treat Tumors, Cancer, Fibroids and More
While the 20th century gave rise to advances in surgery, the 21st century stands to deliver a whole new approach to treating diseases from head to toe — often replacing the need for surgery altogether.
Minimally invasive image-guided procedures can be used to successfully treat cancer, blood clots, uterine fibroids, enlarged prostate and more. Specially trained doctors called vascular interventional radiologists perform these procedures with precision skill.
In a minimally invasive image-guided procedure, the doctor makes a pinhole-sized incision in the skin, wrist or groin. Then, using specialized X-ray, ultrasound or CT scanning equipment, the physician directs microscopic tools to the location of the disease and administers treatment at the source of the problem.
Once treated, the tools are removed and a Band-Aid® is applied. Treatment typically lasts 1-2 hours, and the patient goes home the same day. After 1-2 days, the patient can return to normal activities.