MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —West Virginia University Hospitals-East’s City Hospital officials celebrated the opening of a new interventional radiology suite Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony co-hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Martinsburg and Berkeley County.
The $2 million expansion of the interventional radiology department and installation of a new state-of-the-art Philips digital imaging system are expected to enhance City Hospital’s interventional radiology service. Patients will benefit from the speed and superior image accuracy of the digital system, which helps make interventional radiology procedures faster and reduces exposure to radiation.
In recent years, radiology has expanded beyond diagnosis and into treatment. Interventional radiologists, subspecialists in this field, perform an expanding range of procedures using radiologic guidance to direct catheters and other instruments. These minimally invasive procedures treat a variety of medical conditions that in the past would have required open surgery to perform.
Most interventional radiology procedures are performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay, and general anesthesia is usually not required. A patient’s risk, pain and recovery time are often significantly reduced as a result of these factors.
Under the direction of Dr. Vivek Padha, vascular and interventional radiologist, the interventional radiology team at City Hospital provides a full spectrum of care for arterial and venous interventions, embolizations and image-guided tumor therapy, along with many other advanced procedures. These procedures have been effective in treating many diseases, including certain types of cancer, kidney and liver disease, and vascular disease, as well as women’s health issues.