Varicocele Treatment

Normally, oxygenated blood flows to the testicles via an artery, and deoxygenated blood flows out via a network of small veins that drain into another vein, and is eventually carried back to the heart. During this process, backflow to the testicles is prevented by a series of one-way valves in the vein. In some individuals, however, these valves do not work well. As a result, the blood flows in reverse and causes “back pressure” to stretch and enlarge the network of small veins around the testes, forming a varicocele.

Cryoablation

Cryoablation is similar to RFA in that the energy is delivered directly into the tumor by a probe that is inserted through the skin. But rather than killing the tumor with heat, cryoablation uses an extremely cold gas to freeze it. This technique has been used for many years by surgeons in the operating room, but in the last few years, the needles have become small enough to be used by interventional radiologists through a small nick in the skin, without the need for an operation. The “ice ball” that is created around the needle grows in size and destroys the frozen tumor cells.

Y90 Radioembolization

Radioembolization is very similar to chemoembolization but with the use of radioactive microspheres. This therapy is used to treat both primary and metastatic liver tumors.

Ports and Venous Access

Certain medical conditions sometimes require patients to have access to their bloodstream for multiple reasons. A central venous catheter is a small tube that is inserted underneath you skin so that there is a simple, pain free way for doctors or nurses to draw blood and give you medications or nutrients.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) offers a nonsurgical, localized treatment that kills the tumor cells with heat, while sparing nearby healthy lung tissue.

Kyphoplasty

A revolutionary minimally invasive procedure known as kyphoplasty addresses the pain and deformity from compression fractures. Kyphoplasty involves two tiny incisions smaller than the diameter of a pencil on each side of the fractured vertebra.

Fallopian Tube Recanalization

A proximal fallopian tube occlusion is often due to the accumulation of mucus or debris forming a plug in the proximal portion of the tube. This may happen in both tubes or simply in one of the two fallopian tubes. Patients with a proximal occlusion benefit from the Fallopian tube recanalization procedure.

Deep Venous Access Catheters

Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition that can result in pulmonary embolism, the movement of a clot to the lungs, and post phlebitic syndrome, a common complication that can lead to long term disability. Primary signs of DVT are pain and swelling of the affected extremity. Post operative patients are at a higher risk for development of DVT, however DVT often occurs in patients without any known risk factors.

Arthrography

Arthrography is medical imaging to evaluate conditions of joints. Injection of contrast into a joint, such as the shoulder, elbow, or wrist, to evaluate for tears of tendons, ligaments or cartilage. Commonly combined with tomography, CT or MRI, injection is performed with local anesthesia and typically takes 10-15 minutes.

The Northside Radiology Assoicates’ musculoskeletal specialists perform arthrograms at Northside Hospital as well as several of the Northside Hospital outpatient radiology centers.

Ultrasound Core Biopsy

This is a type of needle biopsy used to evaluate solid abnormalities seen on ultrasound. It is a less invasive alternative to surgical biopsy for most patients with an ultrasound abnormality.