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
- 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
Equipment and Procedures
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center • Interventional suites and general procedure room for fluoro guided procedures
Angiography, drainages, biopsies, image assisted line placement including PICC lines, dialysis catheters and chest port insertion, uterine artery embolization, pain injections including vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty; oncologic interventions including microwave ablation of bone, liver, lung, and kidney lesions; chemoembolization and Y90 radioembolization of liver cancers.