Dr. Fady Abdelsayed is an Interventional Radiologist at PRHC. We asked him to tell us about interventional radiology (IR), known...Read More
Ushering in the future of healthcare with “the best kept secret in medicine”
Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology, which uses a type of real-time X-ray called fluoroscopy, CT scans or ultrasound guidance to steer needles, guidewires and small catheters into tiny incisions in the skin, and sometimes through blood vessels in order to locate and correct problems without the need for conventional surgery.
Experts often call interventional radiology “the best kept secret in medicine.” It enables surgery to be minimally invasive, meaning less pain, shorter hospital stays and rapid diagnosis and treatment for almost 6,000 patients at PRHC every year.
As a Regional Referral Program for interventional radiology, PRHC is the hub of care for a catchment area of 300,000 people. PRHC is currently a District Stroke Centre, serving Haliburton, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Peterborough, and North Hastings County.
It is a leader among Ontario’s community hospitals in delivering a wide range of interventional radiology services.
The following are only some of the procedures that PRHC’s five interventional radiologists perform:
- Procedures to drain infections
- Organ biopsies
- Arteriograms using X-rays and fluorescent dye to diagnose potentially life-threatening conditions such as abdomen bleeds and liver tumours
- Unblocking arteries outside the heart using drugs that dissolve blood clots
- Stopping bleeding from an injured blood vessel or blood flow to a tumour
- Collecting fluid and draining blocked kidneys and bile ducts
- Implanting dialysis shunts
Built 13 years ago, however, the current interventional radiology suites are small and cannot accommodate new technologies and key medical personnel that are critical to the continuation and expansion of PRHC’s interventional radiology services.
With the support of our community, PRHC Foundation is committed to funding this innovative area of care. It will allow PRHC to renovate and expand the hospital’s two existing interventional radiology suites, add a third step-down room and outfit all three with state-of-the-art, high-resolution imaging technologies, while also expanding the recovery room by 50 per cent. This means PRHC will be able to introduce new methods to treat stroke and some forms of cancer, and help more patients receive lifesaving care without the pain and risks of surgery.
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