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Interventional Radiology

While cath labs are often used to look at how the heart functions and its blood supply, the same techniques with minor variations in equipment can be used to examine any of the blood vessels in the entire body. The heart and all of the associated blood vessels of the body are collectively called the cardiovascular system. Specially equipped cath labs can be used to diagnose and treat many conditions of the entire cardiovascular system. ACI’s main cath lab uses a revolutionary new technology called flat detector technology which offers the best possible imaging quality available today. Additionally, the particular model used by ACI is designed to be extremely useful in viewing the heart as well as the blood supply to other areas of the body, and is called a combination lab.

Apart from the circulatory system, there are other body systems in which fluid travels in vessel-like structures to its final destination. Examples are the biliary system in which bile is produced and travels to the stomach; and the urinary system in which urine is produced by the kidney and travels to the bladder and eventually out of the body. Sometimes diseases of these systems which cause obstruction of flow can be diagnosed and treated in the cath lab in manners similar to the circulatory system.

These applications of the Cath Lab and imaging in general to diagnose and treat conditions outside of the heart without the use of open surgery is called Interventional Radiology.

There are many aspects of interventional radiology, however, in this section, we will focus on those related to cath labs and in particular those offered by the Interventional Radiology department at ACI.

Please use the links below to get more information:

Peripheral Interventions

Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Antegrade Ureteric Stenting

Vena Cava Filter Insertion


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