Welcome to the Interventional Radiology division at New York Presbyterian hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College!
Interventional radiologists are radiologists who specialize in image-guided interventions. We use the latest medical imaging and device technologies to perform minimally invasive therapies that would otherwise require open surgery. Our subspecialty has evolved rapidly with the evolution of medical technology over the past 40 years, and currently we offer a wide variety of treatment options for a vast number of diseases.
Some possibilities include angioplasty/stenting, embolization, sclerotherapy, vascular access and tumor treatment in patients of all ages.
These are just a handful of examples:
1. Let's say you or a loved one comes in after a motor vehicle accident, and a CT scan shows that there is a ruptured artery in the spleen causing active bleeding. We are able to use catheters, live x-rays (fluoroscopy), and embolic (blocking) agents to get to the artery and stop the bleeding, through just a small artery in the groin. The alternative would be to take out the spleen (splentectomy), which would require a large scar across the abdomen.
2. Say you have been diagnosed with a deep venous thrombosis (DVT), or clot in the veins of the leg or pelvis. The concern with such clots is that they can travel to the lungs and cause serious problems. Again, using fluoroscopy, we enter the venous system through a tiny nick in the neck or groin and insert an umbrella-like device, an IVC filter, which catches these large, potentially fatal clots. Moreover, for certain people, we can remove the clot in the vein in a similarly minimally invasive way to prevent long-term pain and swelling.
3. What if you had just been diagnosed with a liver tumor? Instead of surgically removing the tumor, we can stop its blood supply and deliver local chemotherapy by finding the artery leading to the tumor. Alternatively, or in conjunction, we can enter directly through the skin via a tiny nick overlying the liver and deliver high energy or freezing temperatures to kill the tumor using CT or ultrasound guidance.
The range of procedures we perform with these technologies is vast, and new ways of treating patients with our minimally invasive methods are being discovered almost daily. Enjoy navigating our website and meeting our top-tier physicians. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.