You probably don't know a lot about "Interventional Radiology."
However, Trinity Health has put in place a new program that offers leading- edge treatments.
Carla Burbidge tells about how this benefits patients, in this week's Eye on Health.
In radiology, imaging equipment is used to diagnose a disease. Interventional radiology is the next step. This sophisticated equipment is used by physicians as they view an image and then insert a tube or other devise necessary for treatment. For example, a steroid injected into a painful hip, providing some relief.
A new Interventional radiology unit was launched recently at Trinity Health. New equipment, in a new radiology suite, plus the addition of two interventional radiologists. Dr. Sherperd moved here from Seattle to help get the program started.
Dr. Jim Sheperd, Interventional Radiologist,
"it is very exciting coming in an starting this program, and educating the community on what is available, you don't have to go to Bismarck or Mayo, when you are sick, you want to be here with family around"
Trinity has offered interventional radiology treatments for years, but they didn't have enough radiologists or the equipment to offer complete 24 hour -7 day a week coverage as they do now. It creates a whole new set of treatment options for patients.
Dr. Ken Keller, Medical Director of Radiology and Advanced Imaging Services"
"This indicates Trinity's commitment
to the community. we know we have a great demand, we needed to provide this service and keep it in town"
The list of health problems that can be taken care of in the interventional radiology unit, is a long one. And the treatments are minimally invasive for the patient. That means less risk, less pain, and less recovery time. The new interventional radiology unit, providing treatments for a wide range of health conditions. For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge