Interventional radiology uses X-rays and other imaging techniques to "see" inside the body while the guide narrow tubes (catheters) and other very small instruments through body to the site of a problem, treating a variety of medical disorders without surgery.
Procedures performed by Interventional Radiologists (IRs) are generally less traumatic to the patient, involving smaller incisions, less pain and shorter hospital stays.
Interventional Oncology/Radiology Procedures
Interventional Oncology/Radiology is the fourth arm of cancer therapies which includes medical, surgical and radiation oncology. As part of a multidisciplinary team approach in the treatment of cancer and cancer related disorders, Orange Regional specializes in using image guided, minimally invasive surgery, utilizing the most advanced diagnostic and molecular imaging techniques, and non-invasive therapies.
Interventional Oncology/Radiology offers an alternative to the surgical treatment of many conditions and can result in shorter recovery times and less hospitalizations. Orange Regional offers an array of localized, minimally invasive procedures including:
- Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA): localized destruction of tissue (tumors) by radio frequency waves or heating
- Cryoablation: localized destruction of tissue (tumors) by freezing
- Chemo-Embolization: image guidance treatment delivering cancer treatment (chemotherapy) directly to the tumor through its blood supply
- Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT): image guidance treatments to target and treat malignant tumors in the liver directly via it's blood supply using particles coated with radiation
Nuclear Medicine Procedures
Nuclear Medicine scans are performed with a small amount of radioactive isotope injected intravenously into a vein in your arm. The isotope is specially "tagged" and will travel to the structure being studied.
During the procedure, you will be placed under a gamma camera, which is an instrument like a Geiger counter. The gamma camera detects the small amount of radiation being emitted from the organ, changes it to light, and prints a picture of the distribution of the radioactive isotope. The scans are painless and no side effects usually occur.
The radiation exposure is minimal with a nuclear medicine scan. It is used to detect disease processes and abnormalities of organ blood flow or skeletal structures not always seen on other diagnostic tests. Individuals performing the study are known as Nuclear Medicine Technologist. They are licensed and highly skilled, and work under the supervision of a Board-certified radiologist.
Nuclear Cardiology is the clinical discipline concerned with the diagnostic and therapeutic uses of radionuclides (an isotope of artificial or natural origin that exhibits radioactivity) in the detection of heart diseases.
Receiving Test Results
At Orange Regional Medical Center, we have the capability to electronically deliver your test results to your physician via our GE IntegradWeb Picture Archive Computer System (PACS) which uses advanced technology to aid in fast diagnosis. Once images are taken, they are immediately available for review by your doctor through our secure Web viewer on any computer with an Internet connection.