Interventional Radiology is one of the fastest growing areas of medicine. The goal is to provide patients with the best and minimally invasive medical procedure and diagnostic services using state of the art technology in a comfortable and safe environment. Our team targets treatments that are performed by using imaging guidance, a method that allows for less risk, less pain and short recovery times than open surgical procedures. Our team uses X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasounds, and computed tomography to guide very small instruments, such as catheters, through the skin and blood vessels to diagnose and treat disease.
According to the Society of Interventional Radiology, the advantages of interventional radiology include:
- Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay.
- Most procedures can be done with mild sedation. General anesthesia usually is not required.
- Risk, pain and recovery time are often significantly reduced compared with traditional treatments and surgeries.
- The procedures are sometimes less expensive than surgery or other alternatives.
Interventional Radiology at St. Joseph focuses on three main areas – Peripheral Vascular Disease, Neurovascular Disease, and Cancer Therapy.
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) usually deals with the obstruction of large arteries, usually found in the lower extremities. Symptoms usually include mild to severe pain while walking, pain while resting (usually in the feet) or difficulty walking. Numbness, weakness or cramping in the muscles because of decreased blood flow also is a sign. PVD also cover Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) that are caused by progressive weakening of the aortic wall that creates a “ballooning” of the vessel. The aneurysm will grow large and eventually rupture if not treated.
Neurovascular Disease deals with the abnormality of blood vessels within or supplying the brain and spine. This includes the narrowing of arteries, which reduces blood flow to the brain and increases the risk of stroke, or weakening of the arteries, which may create brain aneurysms.
Cancer therapy includes different treatments procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer or cancer-related complications.
St. Joseph also offers vein therapy in the treat of varicose veins, spider veins, vascular therapy, and venous disease and reconstruction.
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