Interventional radiology uses high-tech image guidance equipment to carry out pinhole surgery, to treat patients and relieve their side effects.
Pinhole surgery involves making a tiny incision, so that the narrowest of wires and catheters can be guided through the body to deliver treatment right to where it’s needed. These minimally invasive procedures mean that patients can be in and out of hospital in a matter of hours, rather than weeks spent recovering in bed.
The Christie’s first interventional radiology room opened back in 2007 and has been helping to save and prolong lives ever since. Demand for the service has greatly increased and thanks to charitable support we recently opened a second room, so that even more patients can benefit from the very latest image-guided surgery.
This second, state-of-the-art interventional radiology room is at the heart of our new Integrated Procedures Unit (IPU) and – thanks to the wonderful support of people like you – we were able to buy the final, key piece of equipment for our new room: an advanced 3D intervention system.
This machine offers incredibly accurate, image-guided pinhole surgery
State-of-the-art imaging techniques can road map a patient’s entire body with incredibly accurate 3D images. This allows interventional radiologists to guide tiny catheters and wires to the exact places they need to go.
What’s more, the machine’s ultra-fast rotation means that even the most complex treatments can be carried out more quickly than before.
As you can imagine, guiding wires through the body requires great precision and skill. Thanks to the new 3D intervention system, we have the very latest imaging technology right here at The Christie, enabling us to take targeted therapy to the next level.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Interventional Radiology appeal.