The Vascular & Interventional Institute offers a number of minimally invasive tests and treatments for the diagnosis and treatment of certain cancers.
- Image-guided biopsies are used for patients who have been told they have a mass that is difficult to biopsy. Using diagnostic imaging, an interventional radiologist can guide a biopsy needle precisely where it needs to go for the most accurate diagnosis possible.
- Cancer may spread from any part of the body to the liver. There the cancer cells may grow for months or years before they are detected. One of the most common sources of metastatic liver cancer is from tumors of the colon and rectum. Interventional radiology procedures to treat these tumors include:
- Embolization, which effectively cuts off the blood supply feeding the tumor.
- Sometimes, radiation or chemotherapy may be delivered directly to the tumor during the embolization procedure. These are referred to as radioembolization or chemoembolization.
- Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to destroy tumor cells.
- Cryoablation uses an extremely cold gas to “freeze” tumors to destroy them.
Since every patient is different, we use a procedure depending on your unique circumstances.