About image-guided procedures
The ability of interventional radiologists to use image guidance makes many other procedures possible using pin-hole techniques, including; vertebroplasty, gastrostomy (radiologically inserted gastrostomy), image guided biopsy, portal vein embolisation, nephrostomy, PICC line insertion, treatment of vascular malformations, and many more procedures.
Interventional radiology procedures have excellent research showing they are safe and effective for patients.
These are some of the procedures Dr. Buckley has expertise in performing, but there are many other image-guided procedures he is able to offer patients. Please contact the practice to find out about procedures you may have read about and would like to know if they are available.
Image Guided Tissue Ablation
Using imaging (CT, ultrasound and cone beam CT) to see tumours in real-time, special probes can be placed into tumours to treat them a single session. Cryoablation (freezing), Microwave Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation (Heating) can treat tumours in the kidneys, liver, thyroid, lungs, bones and soft tissues.
Under real-time imaging special particles can be used to block off the blood supply to tumours causing them to die off. Embolisation is part of well-established procedures to treat uterine fibroids (uterine artery embolisation), enlarged prostates (prostate artery embolisation), liver tumours (trans-arterial chemoembolisation), renal tumours.
Interventional radiology is the leading specialty for closing down veins from inside the vein, avoiding any cuts or scars. This includes treating varicose veins with endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), sclerotherapy (injecting a special medication), and treatment of varicoceles and incompetent ovarian veins.
Using image guidance to place portacaths, to ensure they are in the optimal place to function