Interventional Breast Radiology
Breast cancer is one of the leading forms of cancer. It is often treated successfully by surgery or chemotherapy; however, these treatments may not be tolerated well by some. Advances in imaging and technology have made the treatment of breast cancer possible through effective minimally invasive techniques that reduce patient discomfort and complications. Interventional radiology uses various imaging studies to guide minimally-invasive diagnostic and treatment procedures to improve outcomes, and reduce complications, pain and recovery associated with invasive surgical procedures.
Biopsies (removal of a sample of tissue) are usually performed through open surgery to confirm the diagnosis of breast cancer. Instead, interventional radiology techniques can be used to obtain a biopsy of a suspected breast lesion with the help of a needle that is inserted at the cancer site under the guidance of moving X-ray imaging (fluoroscopy), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR). The imaging technique helps accurately locate the cancerous tissue. This technique helps prevent damage to important surrounding structures.