Medical Services • Interventional Radiology
Treatments and Procedures
NCH’s Interventional Radiology services include the treatment of vascular disorders of the brain and spinal cord, and can be used as an alternative to conventional medical procedures to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions including:
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization - an alternative to hysterectomy that selectively blocks the blood supply to the fibroids. The new technology allows it to be done more quickly, and with better visualization.
- Varicose Veins – Closure® Endovenous Ablation, this minimally invasive approach uses ultrasound guidance and radio frequency energy heat to find and collapse the diseased vein. This relieves your symptoms, uses only a local anesthesia and a mild sedative and takes less than an hour to perform.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis Therapy – Diagnosis and treatment of a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) to prevent pulmonary embolism (the clot breaking free and blocking blood flow to your lungs).
- Prevention of Pulmonary Embolisms – IVC Filter Placement and Removal places an IVC filter into the inferior vena cava (a major blood vessel that returns blood from the lower body to the heart) to prevent blood clots in the legs from going up to the lungs. A blood clot in the leg is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If the clot goes to the lung, it's called a pulmonary embolus (PE) and can be fatal.
- Acute Spinal Fractures – there are two minimally invasive IR procedures to treat painful spinal vertebral compression fractures. These include:
- Vertebroplasty – a technique where medical cement is injected into the fracture site, hardening and permanently stabilizing the fracture, improving or relieving back pain.
- Kyphoplasty – adding a cement-like substance within the vertebrae to relieve pain.
- Liver Cancer – interventional oncology greatly improves chemoembolization by injecting the chemotherapeutic agent into the artery and directing it to the tumor or lesion.
- Determine precise locations before surgery – Neurological and Neurosurgical Applications can create 3-D brain images with bi-plane angiography, and can be used in patients with such neurological conditions as aneurysm and arteriovenous malformation to determine the precise location of the abnormality prior to surgery.
- Variety of vascular procedures – Bi-plane angiography improves the care for patients undergoing angioplasty or stent-placement procedures because it can be done in less time and requires a lower contrast load.
- Localized cancers that aren’t receptive to chemotherapy – Radioembolization, a new therapy, takes advantage of your body's anatomy to deliver a huge dose of radiation directly to the tumor. The radioactive particles, about the size of talcum powder particles, are delivered to the tumor via a small tube inserted in the groin and then threaded up to the tumor.
- Chronic kidney failure