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Antegrade Ureteric Stenting

The high quality X-ray imaging available in the cath lab can also be used to do interventional radiology procedures on body areas other than the cardiovascular system.

One common use is in the treatment of a blockage of the tubes that drain the kidney (called the ureters) which leads to a high pressure within the kidney that can cause permanent damage.

One of the common treatments involve the placement of a plastic stent within the ureter to restore the urine flow out of the kidney. This is usually done by a urologist using a scope placed in the urinary tract. This is called the retrograde placement of the ureteric stent. However, in some instances, the blockage may be so tight that it does not allow the placement of the stent in this fashion.

In these instances, the stent can be placed in the ureter by making a tiny puncture in the kidney and placing the stent through the kidney and into the ureter. This is called the antegrade placement of a ureteric stent and is usually done by an interventional radiologist.

The X-ray equipment in a catheterization laboratory is ideal for guiding the placement of the ureteric stent in this fashion and ACI has done many of these procedures.


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