Solid Organ Biopsies
A biopsy is the removal of tissue in order to examine it for disease. The tissue samples can be taken from any part of the body, including solid organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and adrenal glands.
During a biopsy procedure, an Interventional Radiology uses imaging guidance to determine exactly where the abnormal tissue residues and then carefully advances a small needle directly through the skin to the abnormal tissue in order to obtain a sample.
Tunneled Pleural / Peritoneal Catheter Placement
Tunneled pleural and peritoneal catheter placement is performed as a treatment option for recurrent pleural effusion (pleural fluid) or ascites (fluid in the abdomen).
A catheter is a small plastic tube that is implanted under the skin to provide a painless way of withdrawing excess fluid from the pleura or peritoneal cavity over a period of weeks, months or even years. The catheter has an external access which is connected to a bag for fluid collection.
Image-guided, minimally invasive procedures such as the placement of tunneled pleural and peritoneal catheters are most often performed by a specially trained Interventional Radiologists in an a fluoroscopic suite.
This procedure is often done on an outpatient basis. However, some patients may require admission following the procedure. Your physician will be able to tell you whether or not hospital admission will be needed.