The X-ray has been called one of the most significant advances in all of medical history. It is used in many different ways in medical diagnosis. An x-ray image is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body and strikes a sheet of sensitive film placed on the other side of the body. The ability of x-rays to penetrate tissues and bones varies according to the tissue’s composition and mass.
Images can show even very fine hairline fractures or chips, while images produced after treatment ensure that a fracture has been properly aligned and stabilized for healing.
Interventional Radiology and Vascular Services
Whether you need a disease diagnosed, a condition treated, or a traumatic injury repaired, surgical solutions can keep you out of work and life for weeks. Minimally invasive options, using a small tube called a catheter, can provide the same benefits with better recovery time and fewer complications.
Interventional Radiologists (IR)
While interventional radiologists don’t consider themselves surgeons; they, as specialists, offer a lot of minimally invasive, image guided therapies as alternatives for conditions previously only treated through open surgery.
As endovascular specialists, they repair blood vessels. When individuals have varicose veins or peripheral artery disease —damage to the blood vessels in the legs—which can cause non-healing ulcers, interventional radiologists provide diagnoses and treatment to fix those vessels. Being vascular specialists allows these physicians to use the arteries and veins of the body like a highway. As such, they are able to access almost any place within the body and provide treatment to places otherwise difficult to reach with the use of ultrasound, computed tomography [CT], and fluoroscopy [X-ray] to guide the wires and catheters.
Another common procedure an IR performs is a biopsy. Historically, the only way to sample potentially cancerous tissue was through surgery. Today, almost all biopsies are performed using a needle guided by imaging. In addition to scheduled procedures, interventional radiologists are an important part of the trauma team at Portneuf. When a patient comes in with active internal bleeding, we get called to assist in stopping the bleeding.
In fact, there’s a long list of potential procedures and treatments interventional radiologists offer including, but not limited to:
- Leg pain, including varicose and spider veins
- Osteoporosis and back pain
- Dialysis fistula evaluation
- Liver disease
- Blood clots in the legs and lungs
- Uterine fibroids
- Aortic aneurysms
Through a broad range of procedures, interventional radiologists use the most modern, least invasive technique available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes. The technology includes the use of balloons, catheters, microcaxtheters, stents, and therapeutic embolization. Portneuf’s Biplane Imaging Technology provides highly detailed, three-dimensional images for superior diagnosis and treatment.