Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors of the uterus. Uterine fibroids affect one out of three women between 30 and 50 years of age. The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids are heavy menstrual bleeding, pain in the pelvic region and pressure on the bladder or bowel.
Uterine fibroid embolization is a non-surgical, minimally invasive option for treating uterine fibroids. An interventional radiologist uses a high-definition X-ray camera, called a fluoroscope, to guide a catheter into the uterine arteries. Small particles are injected through the catheter to block the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and, in most cases, relieve the patient of her symptoms.
Image-guided biopsies, in many circumstances, have replaced the need for surgical biopsies. In order to obtain samples of tissue for examination, the doctor inserts a small needle, guided by imaging techniques, into the abnormal area. That sample is removed and given to a pathologist for further study.
Endovenous ablation of varicose veins
Endovenous ablation of varicose veins are abnormally enlarged veins in the legs caused when the valves that allow blood to flow from the legs up to the heart leak. Blood pools in the leg veins causing them to swell. Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that diverts blood flow to healthy veins by using heat from radio frequency or laser energy to block the blood flow to enlarged veins.