Interventional Radiology Cancer Care

State-of-the-art imaging technology has proven extremely beneficial in minimizing the discomfort and shortening recovery from a range of biopsy procedures. Our interventional radiologists are also frequently involved as part of a patient’s cancer treatment.

Advanced imaging technology allows for more precise, targeted administration of cancer drugs, ensuring the medication is delivered where it is needed most and minimizing the effects on healthy organs. This can benefit patients who are experiencing:
Some of the targeted techniques used by our cancer treatment professionals include:
  • Radioembolization, a procedure used primarily for metastatic colon and liver cancers through which microscopic radioactive particles are delivered to the tumor. Our physicians are leading experts on this treatment and perform more radioembolization procedures than most other centers in the country.
  • Chemoembolization, a procedure in which anti-cancer drugs are injected directly into the blood vessel feeding a cancerous tumor. Additionally, special beads soak up the chemotherapy medication and trap it in the blood vessels to cut off blood supply to the tumor.
  • The Calypso® 4D Localization System™ allows the interventional radiology team to continuously track movement of the targeted tissue for more accurate delivery of energy. This treatment is often used for prostate, lung and liver cancer.
In some cases, rather than remove a tumor through traditional surgical techniques, image guided treatments can be used to destroy it. Some examples of these techniques include:
  • Microwave ablation, which directs microwave energy through a fine needle to destroy the cancer cells. This can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, but is commonly used for liver, lung and kidney cancer.
  • Radiofrequency ablation, which directs high frequency electrical energy through a very fine needle to destroy the cancer cells. This also can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, but is commonly used for spine and bone cancer.
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