It’s called interventional radiology. “It really has opened up the medical field to additional therapies for patients and treating conditions that otherwise were not treatable before,” explained Dr. David Johnson, a diagnostic radiologist on the medical staff of Lee Health.
He says many of the procedures performed through interventional radiology are alternatives to surgery. “it really is essential, from biopsies, to central lines, to life-saving therapies for patients who are bleeding, there are so many different things that we do and so many things that impact patients in a very positive way,” he said.
Interventional radiology is minimally invasive, image guided procedures. Doctors use imaging like CT scans, ultrasounds, or x-rays to ensure accuracy during the procedure. “We can see exactly where the needle is going at all times. We can take a picture and make sure that the needle is going where we want it to go. It gives me the confidence to make sure that I’m doing the job correctly, and it makes things that would otherwise be impossible, possible,” Dr. Johnson said.
Because the procedure is minimally invasive, patients are typically sedated and are able to go home the same day. “We know that when patients need these sort of procedures it can be very anxiety provoking and there’s a lot of uncertainty. We do our best to make sure the patients are comfortable and understand everything that is going on with them,” he said.
Whether its lung nodules, blood clots, kidney dysfunction, or liver dysfunction, interventional radiology can help patients get the answers and care they need using minimally invasive techniques.
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