If you have cancer, you may receive “image-guided treatments” known as interventional radiology.
Today, more people survive cancer than ever before. This is partly because of innovations in imaging technology, including CT and MRI. Modern imaging procedures let doctors catch cancer early. They also help doctors perform cancer treatments without the risks of surgery.
Interventional radiology is an important field within the specialty of radiology. Doctors who specialize in this field are interventional radiologists. They use sophisticated imaging technology and minimally invasive techniques to treat many diseases.
Most interventional radiology procedures use thin, hollow tubes (catheters). Imaging software helps the doctor guide the tube through blood vessels or other passageways to a specific place inside your body. Your doctor will pass tiny tools or treatments through the tube. These may include stents, balloons, laser energy, radioactive particles or medications.
A growing number of interventional radiology procedures help treat cancer. This includes cancers of the bone, breast, kidney, liver and lung.
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Mercy offers many state-of-the-art interventional radiology procedures. They help kill cancer cells or improve pain and other symptoms caused by cancer.
Interventional radiology procedures may be combined with other cancer treatments. These include radiation therapy, chemotherapy or cancer surgery.
If you’re nervous about your cancer treatments, you’re not alone. But you can take comfort knowing Mercy is by your side. We’ll provide the support and encouragement you need to get through treatment, recovery and beyond.