Interventional radiology is an integral part of comprehensive patient care, capable of providing less-invasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of health problems. The interventional radiology team at Austin Cancer Center is a dedicated group of health care professionals who are highly skilled, innovative, and committed to providing the highest quality of patient care for our patients and the community. The most common procedures, listed below, are usually performed on an outpatient basis, often under local anesthesia with intravenous moderate sedation.
Procedures performed by an interventional radiology specialist are becoming increasingly important in the management of patients with cancer. Interventional radiology procedures include imaging-guided biopsies to obtain samples for cytologic or pathologic testing without affecting adjacent structures. Common biopsy sites include lung, liver, lymph node, abdomen, pancreas, prostate, soft tissue, bone (vertebral, marrow with aspiration, deep, and superficial), and thyroid FNA.
Post-op abscess, thoracentesis, and paracentesis
Portacath placement is a medical procedure to implant a small medical appliance under the skin. The device includes a catheter that connects the port to a vein. Under the skin, the port has a septum through which drugs can be injected and blood samples can be drawn many times, usually with less discomfort for the patient than a more typical “needle stick.”
Once healed, the port should not affect the patient’s daily activities, such as bathing. When the port is no longer needed, it can be surgically removed in another outpatient procedure.
Internal gold fiducials are necessary for tracking the translational and rotational movements of target lesions during stereotactic radiosurgery. The fiducials are generally placed under image guidance in and around the lesions by our interventional radiologist. A fiducial marker is a small gold seed about the size of a grain of rice (0.8mm to 5mm). It is useful in helping focus, or target, the radiation therapy to the area most needed while sparing surrounding tissue.
MRI Prostate Biopsies * Off Site