Interventional radiology is a field of medicine focused on using minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat disease. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, interventional radiology may provide patients an alternative to open surgery. Using small catheters, needles and other minimally invasive tools, these procedures may be performed through tiny holes. Instead of undergoing surgeries that involve large incisions, patients may be able to experience a faster recovery time with interventional radiology techniques. In addition, the interventional radiology services offered at CTCA® are designed to help lead to fewer complications and prevent infections that sometimes result from traditional surgical procedures.
The interventional radiologists in Tulsa have experience performing advanced, minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures. Interventional radiologists are physicians whose advanced education and training include residencies and fellowships focused on vascular and interventional radiology. This additional experience and education helps prepare the interventional radiologist in the use of image-guided technology, which is needed to place catheters and other minimally invasive instruments through tiny incisions in the skin to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. Cancer patients may benefit from several interventional radiology procedures focused on the tumor itself. For example, transarterial chemoembolization is designed to cut off the blood supply to a tumor. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) are other options used to destroy cancerous tissue.
Interventional radiologists may perform other procedures to obtain biopsies, open blocked blood vessels and deliver medications directly to disease sites. Working with other members of you care team, interventional radiologists at our Oklahoma hospital have become integral members of the cancer care team. At Southwestern, we work together to deliver personalized and collaborative care. Your care team communicates on a regular basis, striving to provide streamlined, seamless care under one roof. By providing advanced technologies and treatments combined with evidence-informed supportive therapies, the CTCA whole-person care model is designed to help you fight cancer while maintaining your quality of life.