Baptist Health Paducah's Diagnostic Imaging provides a full range of diagnostic and minimally-invasive interventional procedures to patients with vascular disease. Our services include:
Non-Invasive Vascular Studies and Invasive Vascular Studies
Invasive vascular studies are offered in Baptist Health Paducah's Interventional Radiology area. These procedures are called invasive, because they use a special dye or contrast medium to make pictures of the vascular system. Invasive vascular studies include:
- Arteriograms - these provide your doctor with a road map of arteries and pinpoint the location of abnormalities or blockages. They may include imaging of the cerebral arteries in the brain, the carotid arteries in the neck, the aorta, the pulmonary arteries in the lungs, the renal arteries in the kidneys and arteries in the legs and arms.
- Venograms - these provide your doctor with a road map of the veins and pinpoint the location of abnormalities such as blood clots.
Minimally-Invasive Interventions for the Treatment of Vascular Disease
In addition to diagnostic tests, Western Baptist's Hospital Diagnostic Imaging offers special interventional procedures to treat various types of vascular problems. The Interventional Radiology area is equipped with digital fluoroscopy and intravascular ultrasound which allow physicians to view your vascular system on TV monitors during procedures. Interventions available include:
- Thrombolitic Therapy - the use of various clot-busting agents such as TPA and urokinase, to destroy blood clots which are blocking the flow of blood in an artery or vein.
- Vena Cava Filter Insertion - this procedure is used to keep blood clots in the legs or arms from breaking off, going to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism.
- Endovascular Procedures - minimally-invasive procedures used to repair diseased arteries from the inside, rather than the outside. Because they don't require large surgical incisions, patients recover much more quickly. Endovascular procedures which are used to repair blocked arteries in the legs include angioplasty and stent grafting.
- Angioplasty - used to open arteries in the legs that have been narrowed by plaque and offers an alternative to by-pass procedures where the leg is opened and synthetic graft is stitched around the blockage. During angioplasty, a small balloon is inflated inside the blocked artery. The balloon squeezes the plaque against the artery wall and restores blood flow.
- Stent grafting may be done when an angioplasty doesn't completely restore the blood flow in the diseased artery. Stents are conduits made of special materials which are permanently inserted into the artery to hold it open.
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For More Information
For more information about Baptist Health Paducah's Interventional Radiology Services, phone the Diagnostic Imaging Department at (270) 575-2600.