Interventional radiology is a medical specialty that focuses on minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open surgery. Using techniques that are associated with shorter recovery times and lower complication rates than traditional operations, interventional radiologists perform precise, outpatient procedures with the guidance of CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds or X-rays.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, interventional radiology services are provided by a team of board-certified physicians who focus exclusively on minimally invasive techniques, as well as registered interventional radiologic technicians and registered nurses. This team specializes in procedures such as:
- Tumor ablation, in which tumor cells are exposed to extreme heat or extreme cold, then removed from the body
- Tumor embolization, in which tiny beads containing chemotherapy drugs or radioisotope are injected directly into the blood vessels of a tumor
- Kyphoplasty, in which cement is injected into a spinal vertebra that has been fractured as the result of tumor involvement
Moffitt’s interventional radiologists can also use image guidance to remove blood clots or implanted infusion ports, tunneled venous lines, feeding or drainage tubes and stents.
Our Interventional Radiology Program, located at the Muriel Rothman Building of Moffitt’s main campus, treats patients with a wide range of diagnoses, including cancers of the lungs, breasts, kidneys, prostate and bones. Each patient’s treatment plan will be determined during a one-on-one consultation, during which time a number of individual factors will come under consideration. Each treatment plan is also reviewed by a multispecialty tumor board, ensuring that every patient receives the best, most comprehensive treatment possible.
To learn more about Moffitt’s Interventional Radiology Program, call 1-888-MOFFITT or schedule a visit online. No referral is required to make your appointment; we’ll help you determine if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.