Interventional Radiology is the use of image-guided technology for precision targetting of problem areas. This minimally invasive alternative to open surgery is ideal for fracture and pain management, biopsy, and tumour ablation. Needles are inserted through small incisions in the skin and guided by imaging technologies to the treatment site. This approach delivers multiple benefits for the patient and Hospital that include:
- Reduced treatment time
- Expedited recovery time
- Improved accuracy
- Better patient outcomes
Fracture Management and Bone Stablisation
Interventional Radiology is frequently used to treat vertebral compression fractures and herniated discs. Treatments include:
This involves the injection of medical-grade cement to stablise spinal compression fractures.
A small balloon inserts through a tube into the pedicle of the damaged vertebrae. Once in position, the balloon inflates, elevating the fracture and returning vertebrae to their normal position. The balloon is then removed, and medical-grade cement is injected to fill the cavity and stabilise the bones.
This involves the removal of herniated discs that may be impinging on the spinal cord.
Image-guided intervention is used to treat chronic shoulder, groin, peripheral joint and back pain, for conditions that include:
Subacromial bursitis +/-: An intense shoulder pain usually caused by the impingement of the bursa (fluid-filled sacks that cushion bones and tendons) between the rotator cuff tendons and bone.
Supraspinatus tendinopathy: Painful tendon tears caused by repetitive use.
Osteitis: Micro muscle tears and inflammation of the pubic symphysis.
Peripheral joint Pain
Osteoarthritis: a disease that causes pain and stiffness in joints.
Treatment of painful conditions that include:
- Facet joint pain
- Selective root pain
- Caudal pain
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Osteoporotic compression fractures: spinal fracture caused by a weakened skeleton
- Spinal metastatic disease: spinal tumours
- Haemangiomata: a mass of blood vessels
- Refractory disc disease with radicular symptoms
Treatments for back pain
Treatments for back pain include:
- Facet joint block
- Selective nerve root block
- Caudal epidural
- Sacroiliac joint steroid marcaine block
- Percutaneous Vertebroplasty (injection of medical-grade cement into a fractured vertebral body)
- Percutaneous Kyphoplasty (employs balloon to restore structure and injection of medical-grade cement to stabilise vertebral position for spinal compression fractures)
- Percutaneous Discectomy (removal of part of a herniated disc)