Interventional radiology at UTMB Health involves a variety of procedures including regional cancer therapy and endovascular stent grafting. We have a close dynamic collaboration with the surgical and oncology departments and run multiple radiology and multidisciplinary clinics. We offer leading edge technology, tremendous expertise, in an environment where the health care team works together for great outcomes for their patients.
UTMB's radiology section features, at UTMB's Galveston campus, two angiography suites and a dedicated neurointerventional biplane room. Two interventional suites are also located at Victory Lakes in League City, with one of the two being a state-of-the-art Siemens Artis zee biplane system. An additional system is being installed currently at UTMB Galveston (both feature DynaCT, allowing acquisition of cross sectional images). State of the art 1.5 and 3 T MRI units are available for MRA and MRCP. The interventional radiology section also offers its patients multiple state-of-the-art wide bore CT systems for CT biopsy guidance and intervention.
A new non-surgical prostate cancer treatment offered at the University of Texas Medical Branch virtually eliminates the side effects of impotence and incontinence that can occur when patients receive the traditional treatment for prostate cancer - surgical prostate removal. Working with UTMB urologists, UTMB’s Dr. Eric Walser is one of only a few physicians in the world and the only physician in Texas who performs this groundbreaking procedure. Using a leading edge MRI-guided laser ablation instrument developed at UTMB, Walser can often zap away the cancer without removing the prostate. [More information]
The surgical options for resecting (cutting-out) kidney cancer are well-developed and usually pretty straightforward. The kidney containing the tumor is removed (nephrectomy) or just a part of the kidney might be removed if the tumor is small (partial nephrectomy). All of this is just fine–for those who have a second kidney that is normal and can pull duty for the one about to be lost. But some people don’t have this option due to chronic kidney disease from diabetes, high blood pressure or other conditions. New minimally invasive therapies may offer a solution. [More information]
In 2011, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that showed lung cancer deaths could be significantly reduced when patients with heavy smoking histories but no symptoms received low-dose CT chest scans once a year over a three-year period. The study showed a 20 percent decrease in mortality in patients who received the CT scans compared to those who received chest X-rays. CT lung cancer screening is recommended for people 55 and older who have a significant smoking history -- more than 10 years. It is also recommended for former smokers who quit less than 15 years ago. [More information]
The incidence and prevalence of vascular disease are on the rise, given the growing elderly population. To optimize vascular health, vascular surgeons and radiologists at UTMB Health now perform a variety of new, minimally invasive, catheter-based endovascular procedures in addition to traditional surgical approaches to therapy. These catheter-based treatments include stenting of the carotid artery, endovascular repair of abdominal or thoracic aortic aneurysms, atherectomy or angioplasty devices used to clear lower extremity arteries of plaque, and less invasive therapies for varicose veins. Vascular surgeons offer a full range of less invasive and simpler treatment options for those with vascular problems. Treated patients often quickly resume normal activities following short hospital stays.
The web site for UTMB Health's highly regarded Radiology Department offers additional details on these and many other services.
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