Radioembolization Y-90 Farmington: An Introduction to Interventional Radiology:
Radioembolization Y-90 Farmington’s new radioembolization treatment, Y-90 Farmington, has recently been approved by the FDA to treat patients with liver tumors known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Interventional radiology departments across the country are taking notice of and implementing this therapy in their care plans. Here’s what you need to know about this exciting advancement in medical technology.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):
- Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a diagnostic technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. Radioembolization is a minimally invasive procedure used for non-cancerous tumors or cancerous tumors that cannot be surgically removed. Radioembolization uses gadolinium contrast and highly radioactive yttrium y 90 (Y-90) microspheres for injection into and around the tumor. The result is that the tumor dies from a lack of blood supply. In some cases, this treatment can be curative; in others, it can provide relief from symptoms associated with cancer such as pain and nausea by shrinking the tumor.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan:
- A PET scan is a type of nuclear medicine test that uses small amounts of a radioactive substance, called a radiotracer, and a special camera to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. A PET scan can show diseased tissue or detect cancerous cells. Most PET scans are done on an outpatient basis while you’re awake and last between 30 minutes and an hour.
The radiotracer used in these tests is called 18FDG (fluorodeoxyglucose) or another sugar molecule such as 11C-methionine or 68Ga-citrate.
Bone Densitometry Scan:
- The Bone Densitometry Scan is a diagnostic tool that uses a low dose of radiation (x-ray) to assess the density and structure of the bones. The scan can be used to diagnose conditions such as osteoporosis, bone cancer, and Paget’s disease. A Bone Densitometry Scan is performed by measuring the amount of radiation absorbed by your bones while they are being scanned. This test takes only about 20 minutes and can be done either on a hospital or outpatient basis.
Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT) Scan:
- The SPECT scan is an interventional radiology procedure that uses a low dose of radiation to identify abnormalities within the body and has been used in diagnosis since the 1960s. It can also be used to monitor treatments and assess recovery. The injection of radioactive material is done with a large syringe that delivers it into the bloodstream through a vein in your arm. This type of imaging, known as SPECT, stands for Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography and has been used in diagnosis since the 1960s. It can also be used to monitor treatments and assess recovery. The injection of radioactive material is done with a large syringe that delivers it into the bloodstream through a vein in your arm.