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Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology is the therapeutic of treatment subspecialty of Diagnostic Radiology. Interventional Radiologists are fellowship trained specialists in minimally invasive procedures.

Radiology Group PhotoUnlike traditional medical specialties that focus on a single organ system, Interventional Radiologists use medical imaging technologies of Radiology (ultrasound, fluoroscopy and CT) to guide a variety of procedures through tiny incisions in order to treat many diseases in different organ systems of the body. A benefit of our techniques is that procedures that would otherwise require large incisions and long recovery times can be performed with increased precision through smaller incisions. Our results are superior and patient recovery times are reduced.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UAE)

Women with uterine fibroids, also known as uterine leiomyomas, can have many symptoms. These may include very heavy and prolonged bleeding with menstrual periods, increased cramping, painful intercourse, frequent urination and bladder urgency, a sensation of pelvic fullness, and other symptoms. These symptoms can cause significantly discomfort, inconvenience, and can interfere with a woman's lifestyle. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a safe and effective treatment for women with significant symptoms who are interested in a treatment alternative to traditional surgery or hysterectomy.

Because the procedure is minimally invasive and is done through a tiny incision, the vast majority of women do not require general anesthesia. Our patients are very comfortable and well sedated for the procedure using a technique known as moderate sedation which does not require placement of a breathing tube. Typically, patients go home the next day after treatment. There are no large incisions to heal. Recovery is therefore faster allowing women to get back to their lives faster.

If you are interested in meeting with one of our physicians to discuss if this procedure is right for you, please call 215-481-6226 and leave your contact information. We will return your call the next business day.

Cancer Treatment

Interventional Radiologists provide a comprehensive range of procedures to benefit patients with a wide range of cancers in various parts of the body.

Biopsy is the medical term for obtaining a sample of a mass or a lesion in the body so that it may be studied under a microscope by our diagnostic partners in the Pathology department. We use the latest advanced minimally invasive imaging guided techniques such as CT (also known as CAT scan) to precisely guide placement of thin needles into the tissues to be sampled. Because the samples we obtain are examined immediately, while the patient remains on the procedure table, our rate of obtaining a biopsy diagnosis is very high. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.

Fiducial Marker Placement is a procedure in which tiny gold markers are precisely placed in the body to allow for more accurate treatment of cancers using different types of radiation therapy. These include traditional external beam radiation as well as the more advanced techniques such as Cyber Knife. We use our extensive experience with precision needle placement and CT guidance to help radiation oncologists more effectively and more safely treat patients.

Tumor Ablation is a general term for destroying cancer cells. We perform several types of minimally invasive ablation procedures for tumors in many parts of the body. Kidney (renal) tumors are usually treated by freezing in a procedure called cryoablation. A freezing needle is placed into the tumor to kill the cancer cells. Smaller liver tumors can be treated using Radiofrequency and Microwave ablation. These two techniques use the focused application of heat to kill cancer cells. Lung cancers and bone cancers are treated in a similar manner. Most ablation procedures are performed with moderate sedation which does not require placement of a breathing tube. Most patients go home the same day. These procedures are performed through tiny incisions so recovery is faster.

Hepatic Chemoembolozation, also called Transarterial chemoembolization or TACE, is a procedure where chemotherapy medication is delivered through the arteries directly into liver tumors. This is a safe and effective treatment to slow down or control the growth of liver cancers. The procedure is effective for tumors that originate in the liver, called hepatocellular carcinoma or hepatoma, as well as for tumors that originate in other organs such as the bowel and spread to the liver in a process called metastasis. This procedure is minimally invasive and usually performed under moderate sedation. Most patients go home the next day.

Venous Access provides patients with devices designed to allow for safe and comfortable delivery of intravenous (IV) chemotherapy medications. We place medication (chest) ports and PICC lines in a comfortable and safe patient environment.

If you are interested in meeting with one of our physicians to discuss if one of these procedures is right for you, please call 215-481-6226 and leave your contact information.

Varicose Vein Laser Treatment (EVLT)

People with varicose or enlarged, sometimes ropelike veins of the legs can experience significant symptoms. These can include disfiguring enlarged leg veins that can detract from the appearance of the legs. Many patients have swelling and pain that can limit daily activities. Traditionally, varicose vein "stripping" was performed to remove these veins through incisions in the skin.

In the Interventional Department at Abington Memorial Hospital, we perform a modern, minimally invasive alternative to traditional vein stripping called Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) combined with sclerotherapy to treat large varicose veins and smaller spider veins.

We treat patients on an outpatient basis. No overnight hospital stay is required.

If you are interested in meeting with one of our physicians to discuss if this procedure is right for you, please call 215-481-6226 and leave your contact information.

Back Pain Management

Kyphoplasty/sacroplasty

Radiology EquipmentMany patients with acute spinal fractures, often called spinal compression fractures, have significant pain and disability. Some of these patients will get better without any treatment other than pain medication, but for those whose symptoms do not resolve in an acceptable period of time, or for those patients whose symptoms are causing a significant disability that is interfering with normal daily activities, vertebral augmentation is a minimal invasive treatment option. The procedure is sometimes called vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. It is usually performed on an outpatient basis and patients usually go home the same day. Often, patients have immediate and significant relief from their symptoms.

The treatment consists of injecting bone cement directly into the fractured vertebra through a specially designed needle. The procedure is usually performed with sedation provided by the anesthesia department. Most often, patients do not require placement of a breathing tube.

Sacral fractures can be difficult to treat using traditional techniques and can lead to significant pain and disability related to prolonged bed rest. At Abington, we perform an advanced technique to treat these difficult fractures called sacroplasty. Needles are precisely placed into the fractured bone and bone cement is injected to stabilize the fracture and promote healing. This technique can help patients suffering with sacral fractures.

If you are interested in meeting with one of our physicians to discuss if this procedure is right for you, please call 215-481-6226 and leave your contact information.

CT-guided Spinal Pain Management

Using CT guidance, steroids and anesthetics can be injecting into the joints of the spine (facet joints), the space around the spinal cord (epidural space), and the space where the nerves exit the spine (nerve root neural foramen). This can help relieve various types of back pain syndromes.

We can treat Piriformis Syndrome with CT-guided injection of steroids and anesthetics into the Piriformis muscle.

Lumbar spine synovial cyst aspiration can also be effectively performed using CT-guidance.

We also use CT guidance to perform a blood "patch" for headaches as a result of a previous lumbar puncture or due to a spontaneous spinal fluid (CSF) leak.

Joint Injections and other pain management procedures can be scheduled by calling (215) 481-6226. A prescription form your doctor is required.

Joint Injection (e.g. shoulder, knee, hip)

Using Fluoroscopic X-Ray or Ultrasound as guidance, steroids and analgesics can be injected into various joints in the body for pain relief. After administering local anesthesia, a needle is appropriately placed inside the joint of interest and medication is injected.

Joint Injections can be scheduled by calling (215) 481-2071. A prescription from your doctor is required.

Blood Clots (Deep Venous Thrombosis – DVT)

Our interventional radiologists are experts in treating symptomatic blood clots, also known as Deep Venous Thrombosis or DVT. These blood clots most commonly effect the legs, but can also occur in the arms or in the main chest vein called the Superior Vena Cava (SVC). Patients with blood clots can suffer with severe swelling and pain that if untreated or inadequately treated can lead to serious long term symptoms such as post phlebitic syndrome. When the arms are affected the disease is often referred to as "Effort Thrombosis" or "Paget-von Schrötter syndrome." In cases where the face, head, or neck is swollen, it is referred to as "SVC Syndrome."

We use a combination of minimally invasive techniques to treat blood clots. These include venous thrombectomy, which is the mechanical breaking up and removal of blood clots to restore blood flow and allow the swelling to resolve. Often thrombectomy is performed in combination with thrombolysis, which is a technique involving injecting clot dissolving medication directly into the clots. Angioplasty and stenting are techniques that reopen narrowed veins that can occur with the presence of blood clots. This allows for more normal restoration of blood flow.

IVC filters are devices that are placed into the main vein in the abdomen. This vein is called the Inferior Vena Cava (IVC). IVC filters are devices designed to catch blood clots that might break off from leg clots and travel through the blood stream through the heart into the lungs. This is called Pulmonary Embolism or PE and can be a serious or fatal complication of leg clots. There are many types of IVC filters on the market, each with its own design and characteristics. We select the filter that best matches your condition.

Because of our extensive experience, Abington Interventional Radiology has been selected from many centers to participate in a clinical trial of a new convertible IVC filter.

If you are interested in meeting with one of our physicians to discuss if this procedure is right for you, please call 215-481-6226 and leave your contact information.

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