Interventional radiology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is an area of medicine providing minimally invasive, image-guided diagnoses and treatments of various diseases. The goal of interventional radiology is to use advanced but minimally invasive techniques to reduce risk of harm to the patient. Interventional radiologists are trained to use image-guided technologies such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to treat patients without surgical intervention. Interventional radiologists may perform these procedures to obtain biopsies, open blocked blood vessels or deliver medications directly to disease sites.
Interventional radiology procedures at CTCA® are performed through tiny holes instead of the large incisions required for some surgeries. Using this technique, small catheters, needles and other minimally invasive instruments may be guided to the appropriate area for treatment. As an alternative to open surgery, interventional radiology procedures may reduce risk, pain and recovery time for patients. These modalities may offer alternative options for patients who cannot undergo traditional surgical procedures.
Interventional radiology procedures are designed to reduce side effects typically associated with traditional cancer treatments like surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Throughout your treatment, your interventional radiologist will monitor your progress and modify your treatment plan as necessary. Still, side effects, such as fatigue and pain, may occur. Our integrative oncology services may help you manage the side effects that you experience during cancer treatment. These evidence-based supportive services include spiritual support, nutrition therapy, oncology rehabilitation, naturopathic medicine, pain management, mind-body medicine and acupuncture. Staffing all five of our state-of-the-art hospitals across the United States, our interventional radiologists and other cancer experts provide advanced treatments and supportive therapies all under one roof.