Interventional radiology is a medical specialty that combines imaging technology
with minimally invasive surgical techniques to diagnose and treat a wide
range of medical conditions in the least invasive way. At Torrance Memorial's
Graziadio Imaging Center, our interventional radiology program has superior
technology and high patient volume. In fact, we're among the busiest
interventional radiology programs in our South Bay area.
Many interventional radiology procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art
Flat Panel Interventional Suite. Here our expert
use advanced imaging technology that produces clearer images over a wider
viewing area. The excellent image quality can improve patient outcomes.
Patients are exposed to less radiation and receive a smaller dose of IV
contrast material than is required than with older technology.
What Is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology is sometimes referred to as "image-guided
Interventional radiologists use real-time imaging, obtained with X-rays,
CT, MRI, ultrasound and/or other modalities, to help them in guiding instruments
to where they are needed in the body. Most interventional radiology procedures
involve the insertion of catheters (long thin tubes equipped with cameras,
needles, surgical instruments or medical devices) into the body through
small incisions or (sometimes) through other openings in the body. Patients
benefit greatly when doctors can diagnose and treat medical conditions
without performing surgery; there is less pain and bleeding, a lower risk
of complications, faster recovery and an easier return to normal life.
What Is Interventional Radiology Used For?
Interventional radiology is now used to treat a wide array of medical conditions,
including heart disease, cancer, gynecological conditions, orthopedic
injuries and others. Interventional radiologists can perform biopsies,
open and repair blocked arteries, place medical devices, destroy tumors
A partial list of diagnostic and treatment procedures performed here at
Torrance Memorial Medical Center includes:
Chemotherapy and Central Venous Access
- Tunneled Peripheral Insertion of Central Venous Line
- Tunneled Dialysis Catheter Insertion
- Peripheral Insertion of Central Venous Line
- Chest-Port Insertion
- Cerebral Angiography (Stroke)
- Vascular Angiography
- Peripheral Angiography
- Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt
- Percutaneous Insertion of the Inferior Venacava Filter
- Epidural Injection
- Percutaneous Abscess Drainage
- Seroma Drainages
- Nephrostomy (Kidney)
- Biliary Drainage
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Interventional Radiology for Cancer Treatment
Most cancer patients are treated with surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation
therapy, often in combination. Your doctor may also suggest one or more
interventional radiology procedures, which can be used for diagnosis and
staging of your cancer, insertion of medical devices (such as drains or
PICC lines for chemotherapy) and to perform procedures that will keep
you more comfortable.
Learn more about
Interventional Radiology for Cancer Treatment.
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