Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimal invasive, image guided procedures. They use fluoroscopy, CT, and other imaging modalities to diagnose and treat wide variety of diseases. Their procedures have been described as the surgery of the new millennium. Visit the website of the Society of Interventional Radiology for more information.
Tiny catheters and miniature instruments are inserted through a small incision in the skin and are guided through a patient’s body with real time X-ray to internally treat many conditions. Interventional radiologist offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments coupled with clinical experience across all specialties.
Compared to open surgery, the advantages of the minimal invasive procedures include:
- Shorter recovery times
- Less severe side effects
- Less scarring
- Usually does not require general anesthesia
- May provide treatment options for people diagnosed with inoperable conditions, or who otherwise are not candidates for open surgery
Interventional radiologists at Banner Good Samaritan perform a number of diagnostic and treatment procedures including:
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization
- Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty for symptomatic compression fractures
- Radiofrequency for varicose veins
- Stroke intervention
- Deep Venous Thrombosis interventions
- Embolization for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
- Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)
- Interventional Oncology treatments including:
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of tumors
- Cryoablation of tumors
- Y-90 Radioembolization
- Drug-eluting beads Chemoembolization
A leader in advanced medical care, Banner Good Samaritan’s team of interventional radiologists were the first to bring innovative therapies such as SIR-Sphere® and TheraSphere® radioembolization treatments for inoperable liver cancers to Arizona and the Southwest:
- 2001 – Conducted the first TheraSphere® procedure in the West. This specialized procedure delivers millions of microscopic radioactive glass beads to an inoperable liver tumor through a catheter. The spheres are trapped in the tumor’s capillary bed where they burn away the tumor from the inside.
- 2001 – Became the site of the first TheraSphere®/liver transplant "bridge" in the U.S. when a TheraSphere® treatment enabled a local man with liver cancer to regain enough liver function to receive a liver transplant.
- 2002 – Conducted the first SIR-Sphere® procedure in the U.S. to treat metastatic cancers that form in the liver.
- 2009 – Conducted the first Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) procedure on patient with liver tumor in U.S. outside of clinical trials.
Recent advances in the overall field of interventional radiology include:
- Non-surgical ablation of tumors to kill cancer without harming surrounding tissue
- Embolization therapy to stop hemorrhaging or to block blood supply to a tumor
- Catheter-directed thrombolysis to clear blood clots and prevent disability from deep vein thrombosis and stroke
- Carotid artery angioplasty and stenting to prevent stroke
Interventional radiology procedures at Banner Good Samaritan are performed by physicians affiliated with the Banner Imaging Associates.
For more information on interventional radiology, please e-mail Banner Good Samaritan Interventional Radiology.
To schedule a medical imaging procedure at Banner Good Samaritan, please call (602) 839-4633.