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Taking advantage of imaging technology to offer minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of cancer
Interventional radiologists at Fox Chase perform many image-guided procedures to help deliver cancer treatments. They focus on advances in imaging technology to offer minimally invasive techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
"I believe that this is the least invasive and disruptive way to treat many benign and malignant conditions."
— David Ball, DO
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Interventional radiology is a clinical subspecialty that uses fluoroscopy, CT and ultrasound to guide percutaneous (through the skin) procedures.
Such procedures include image-guided biopsies, chemoembolization (delivering anticancer drugs directly to the tumor while blocking the blood supply to the tumor), radiofrequency ablation (use of electrodes to heat and destroy abnormal tissue), draining fluids, inserting catheters and inserting ports. Our interventional radiologists place ports and PICC lines, percutaneous catheters for the kidney and gallbladder, gastrostomy tubes, IVC filters and perform angiography for diagnosis and treatment.