Interventional Radiology in Avenel, NJ
Interventional Radiology is a sub-type of diagnostic imaging that uses “image guidance” (ultrasound, CT, MRI) to be able to:
- Take better, more accurate biopsies
- Have a better view of tight targets (laparoscopic surgeries, vascular surgeries)
- Find small objects in body cavities
Ultrasound Guided Biopsies
Ultrasound guided biopsies of the breast and thyroid are performed in our Women’s Center by specially trained Radiologists.
The procedure consists of a small tissue sample being taken and sent to a laboratory where it is examined under a microscope by a Pathologist.
Less invasive than a surgical biopsy, this procedure is performed in less than an hour and is relatively painless. Recovery time is brief and patients can soon resume their usual activities.
In this video, Dr. Peter Doss explains interventional radiology procedures.
“Interventional radiology basically is the practice of performing minimally invasive procedures in order to obtain a diagnosis. For instance, if a patient comes in with a lung mass, in the past that would require a large operation to remove a piece of the lung, typically with 4-5 days of a hospital stay afterwords. For an interventional radiologist, we use the imaging modalities at our disposal for instance a cat scan. I can have a patient come, be placed on the Cat Scan machine, and I can do a biopsy of a lung mass with a small, tiny needle, and the patient can be discharged in two hours from the hospital. It’s typically a conscious sedation type of procedure. We have a vast array of procedures at our disposal that we can do. We can do ultrasound guided procedures, we can do X-ray guided procedures. A very exciting field that I’m interested in personally is minimally invasive procedures on the spine. There’s a very exciting procedure called a Kyphoplasty, where we would be using an X-ray machine to help me guide a needle right into the spine, treating compression fractures that occur commonly in the elderly women with osteoporosis. These are procedures where women can in with severe pain, 10 out of 10 on the pain scale, and literally within a day of the procedure they can be pain free and back to their normal activities of normal living that they were doing beforehand, before the compression fracture. Another exciting procedure that we are doing in a minimally invasive way also is the same concept but for patients who unfortunately have cancer that has metastasized to the spine and that’s causing them severe pain and immobility. We can actually direct a probe directly into the spinal canal again using X-ray guidance, and use a probe to burn away the tumor and inject cement in its place in order to fixate that vertebral level and cause an immediate relief in pain. So these are all exciting things that we’re doing here in the Meridian System at Bayshore and Riverview in particular.”