An alternative to surgery
Surgical radiology is a diagnostic and therapeutic method called “mini-invasive”. It enables access to a deep seated tumour target by using natural pathways (urinary tract, digestive tract…) or the vascular network (arteries or veins) or by choosing a short route and without risk through an organ (liver for example).
These techniques are always guided by imaging (scanner, echography, endoscopy) which enables an in-depth visualisation without having “to open” the tissues by means of traditional surgery. It enables for example the administration into a tumour (and only into the tumour) of high drug doses, to destroy tumour tissues by increasing the local temperature and to insert prostheses into narrowed or occluded channels.
Surgical radiology techniques
- Radiofrequency: destruction of the tumour by heat
- Chemoembolisation: injection of chemotherapy and blocking of the blood flow which supplies the tumour
- Gastrostomy: insertion of a feeding device at the level of the stomach
- Cementoplasty: injection of orthopaedic cement into a vulnerable or painful bone
Biopsy under a scan
- Biliary, digestive tract and urinary prostheses
Gustave Roussy is the only centre in the fight against cancer which possesses a Therapeutic Imaging Unit dedicated to surgical radiology (approximately 2,100 operations / year).
Surgical radiology on video