Interventional Radiology

Conemaugh Health System Interventional Radiologists use image guidance and small catheters to diagnose and treat a multitude of medical and surgical conditions. They perform several procedures that can support chemotherapy or radiation treatments, typically with very few side effects.

  • Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty, which provides long-term pain relief from compression fractures due to bone cancer or osteoporosis
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for liver, kidney, lung and breast tumors; RFA is used for primary and metastatic tumors and is designed to kill tumor cells while sparing healthy tissue 
  • Chemoembolization for liver cancer, which delivers high-dose chemotherapy agents directly to the diseased liver while blocking the blood supply to the tumor allowing for a quicker recovery
  • Dialysis access ports

Advantages  

  • Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay
  • General anesthesia is usually not required
  • Risk, pain and recovery time are often much less 
  • Procedures are sometimes less expensive than surgery 
  • Covered by most insurances