Interventional radiology procedures are minimally invasive and performed using image guidance such as ultrasound or x-ray. The radiologist uses these images to direct these procedures, which are usually done using needles or catheters. The following interventional procedures are performed at Taranaki Radiology:
- Ultrasound guided musculo-skeletal/joint injections for pain relief. Long acting steroid can be injected into joints, bursas and nerve sheaths to help diagnose the site/origin of pain, as well as for the pain relief itself. These injections are performed under ultrasound guidance to help our radiologist target the correct area.
- Biopsies and FNAs (fine needle aspiration) are performed to take samples for pathological analysis when an abnormal area is identified on an ultrasound, mammogram or CT scan. These procedures are performed under image guidance to help the radiologist take the sample from the correct area
- Breast hookwire insertion – A specialist breast surgeon will sometimes ask for a location device called a ‘hookwire’ to be inserted into the breast tissue prior to surgery. The device enables the surgeon to precisely localize the area that needs to be removed during surgery.This procedure is arranged by the surgeon at a time that fits in with the planned surgery.The ‘hookwire’ is placed into position by our radiologist using either mammography or ultrasound technology to aid her. The procedure is usually done immediately prior to surgery (within a few hours).
On receipt of your referral our team will make contact to arrange your appointment and ensure you have the specific preparation and examination information.