Time For a Medical Intervention? Here’s How Radiology Can Help You

What if I told you that cancer, stroke, heart disease and many more conditions could be successfully operated on through a single pinhole-sized incision? It may sound like science fiction, but Interventional Radiology is removing the need for many traditionally invasive surgeries. Every day at my Sydney practice, I treat a range of problems using a tiny vein catheter, using imaging for guidance. Patients who once faced lengthy (and painful) recovery times can now be sent home the same day with just a Panadol and a Band-Aid. Personally, I think that’s pretty exciting. If you ever find yourself in need of surgery, you will too! Many people have never heard of Interventional Radiology. But the specialty is regularly breaking new ground to ... READ MORE
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Venous Williams: Serena’s Incredible Untold Story Behind the Australian Open

The Australian Open Tournament had its share of amazing stories this year. It was Roger Federer’s 20th Slam, Wozniaki’s first slam…but do you know of the most incredible story behind this year’s Australian Open? Whether you’re a tennis fan or not, chances are you’ve heard of Serena Williams. You’ve probably even heard of her pregnancy – during which she WON a Grand Slam. This is incredible enough, but what most people don’t know about Serena’s pregnancy is that she developed potentially life-threatening blood clots after giving birth. Blood clots in the deep veins (deep venous thrombosis, or DVTs) are common in pregnant women due to factors including hormonal changes in their bodies, the uterus pressing on veins in their legs, ... READ MORE

Take My Breath Away: How Caval Filters Prevent Pulmonary Embolism

The sources of these clots most often arise from deep venous thrombosis (DVT), arising from the deep veins of the lower extremity. The treatment for this condition is normally to be placed on blood thinners (anticoagulation). Interventional Radiology is a speciality practised by Endovascular and Interventional Radiologist specialist Dr Albert Goh. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that uses small skin punctures to guide catheters inside the body, as opposed to open surgery that requires large cuts. This particular procedure involved making a small needle puncture in a vein in the patient’s groin and then deploying a filter in the largest vein in the abdomen above the patient’s DVTs. Once in place, the filter expanded and attached itself to the walls ... READ MORE

INCONCEIVABLE! – How Interventional Radiology Can Help Infertile Men

Did you know that around 1 in 20 Australian men are infertile? While there are many issues that can cause infertility in men, one common cause is a problem with sperm production. That is, either you’re not producing enough healthy sperm, or something is impairing sperm motility. In a large percentage of infertile men, this reproductive issue is linked with the presence of varicocoeles. The good news is that thanks to interventional radiology, varicocoeles can be treated to improve healthy sperm count. Let’s quickly explore what varicocoeles are, how they can inhibit fertility, and what you can do about them. What is a varicocoele? A varicocoele is a collection of abnormally dilated veins in the scrotum. In healthy veins, one-way ... READ MORE
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Getting the Sac: Insights into aneurysm treatment

It was a privilege to be the invited speaker to kick off the state MINA meeting today. Ever been in a room full of people where you just click? That was the experience today. We all know the amazing things that Interventional Radiology can offer people. We all know the things that are possible with minimally invasive technology. We all know that these possibilities are under-utilised and much of this is due to the lack of awareness, both in the general public and even amongst the medical community. All in the room were passionate about the specialty and passionate about educating and delivering these innovations to their patients. Aneurysms are often a silent, and potentially life-threatening condition. In the past, the treatments ... READ MORE

Wee can make a difference: Kidney Disease and Interventional Radiology – What You Need to Know

Do you have a friend that just seems amazing at everything? Accomplished at their job, a loving spouse, a great parent, a good cook, very handy, a keen gardener, athletic, musical and a nice person to boot? Do you ever wonder how they do it all? Ever thought about your kidneys the same way? Simple-looking organs they may be, but in truth they are far more complex than their bean-like appearance would suggest. They do more than just produce urine. Often regarded as the ultimate multi-taskers, kidneys are involved in a wide range of bodily functions including circulation, filtration, hormone production, blood pressure regulation, acid-base balance and waste excretion. Phew, that is quite the list of job duties! Like all ... READ MORE
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World Kidney Day – 9 March 2017

Today is #WorldKidneyDay! Join us to show that together, we make a difference in raising awareness of the important of kidney health. For facts on kidney disease, click here to view a copy of the World Kidney Day infographic. If you are one of the many suffering from kidney disease, read more about how interventional radiology can offer you a minimal invasive treatment options including catheter placement, from our website here.   READ MORE
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Leg Angioplasty – Get Mobilised Today

Approximately twenty per cent of people aged over 60 suffer from peripheral arterial disease1. It is usually caused by a buildup of fatty tissues and plaque on the interior walls of major arteries in the legs. This buildup, known as arterial atherosclerosis, narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow to the legs. This can often lead to pain when exercising or even everyday tasks such as walking. The condition is entirely treatable, with a large range of treatment options available. The most effective of these treatments is angioplasty, which is fast, painless and has a very short recovery period. Symptoms Some people who suffer from peripheral arterial disease won’t exhibit many symptoms. However, for others, the symptoms can be quite ... READ MORE

Family History of Aneurysms? Explore Your Treatment Options with Interventional Radiology

Does your family have a history of aneurysms? Having a good knowledge of your family’s medical history is critical to understanding your own risk factors for developing certain medical issues. Here, we discuss aneurysms and new, low-invasive methods of treatment pioneered by interventional radiologists. What is an Aneurysm? An aneurysm is a localized enlargement (or “bulge”) of an artery, usually occurring at a weak spot in the arterial wall. Whilst not all aneurysms are dangerous, some have the potential to rupture, which can cause serious complications (including death). Aneurysms are often asymptomatic. For some people, the first symptom may be rupture. Thanks to advanced medical imaging, many aneurysms are discovered by radiologists, incidentally on abdominal scans for other symptoms. Image: ... READ MORE

The Life of an Oncology Patient

People say that life is a journey. The journey of a patient with cancer is littered with potholes, twists and turns.There is a lot to deal with, physically and emotionally. Initially people deal with the stress of being diagnosed, and then there is the stress of treatment and response. Apart from the physical toll of the disease, there is the physical toll of the treatment. If you receive surgery or chemotherapy the physical repercussions can be quite severe. Surgery can be very traumatic, and often quite an aggressive approach is warranted, aiming for a cure. Meanwhile, chemotherapy has a list of side-effects, including light-headedness, weakness, difficulty thinking (known as ‘chemo brain’) and loss of appetite lasting weeks, months and occasionally even ... READ MORE