Imaging Treatment Options
Neuro interventional radiology
Inova pediatric neuro interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive treatments targeting the neck and brain. These specialists use diagnostic imaging technology, shown on a screen, to guide them during procedures. Neuro interventional radiology carries less risk and pain and shorter recovery times than traditional open surgeries.
For patients diagnosed with inoperable tumors involving the liver, kidney, bone and lung, Inova offers other options for treatment. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a new technique in which a heated device destroys a precise area of tumor tissue with very little risk of damaging adjacent normal tissue. We frequently perform RFA on sedated patients on an outpatient basis with minimal side effects.
Chemoembolization is another minimally invasive treatment for inoperable tumors. This technique administers chemotherapy directly into the tumor through a tiny tube. This method can be an extremely effective treatment for primary liver cancers and other metastatic tumors.
Inova Fairfax Hospital is the only hospital in Northern Virginia to offer stereotactic radiosurgery, a technique in which a very high radiation dose is delivered with extreme precision to a very small target. This technique was developed as a substitute for surgery, particularly in brain tumors that are inaccessible to the surgeon due their critical location.
Inova Fairfax Hospital Cancer Center and Inova Alexandria Hospital round out our comprehensive portfolio of radiation oncology treatment alternatives with Trilogy™ technology. This ultra-precise treatment uses new, real-time X-ray imaging capabilities to target cancer and neurological lesions.
Vascular interventional radiology
Inova’s vascular interventional radiology program treats a variety of medical conditions without traditional surgery. Our nationally recognized, board-certified interventional radiologists perform minimally invasive procedures using small incisions, tiny instruments and imaging techniques. These procedures are generally less traumatic to children than surgery, and result in less pain and shorter hospital stays.