inter-introInterventional Radiology at SLI involves experienced radiologists performing minimally invasive procedures.

Interventional radiology can help diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. These types of procedures are the most cost-effective and timely procedures available, thanks to Sand Lake Imaging’s cutting-edge technologies and highly-trained staff.

“Not only was the staff at Sand Lake extremely professional, they made me feel like my results meant as much to them as they did to me!”

 – Debra B.

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Aspiration of the Body
An example of fine needle aspiration

Fine-needle aspiration is a method of collecting cells from various parts of the body to look for signs of cancer, infection, or other conditions.

A doctor inserts a thin needle into a lump and withdraws a sample of cells or fluid. The material is then examined under a microscope.

Fine-needle aspiration may be the only test you need to find out whether a lump is cancerous. But in some cases, you may have another procedure, such as a core needle biopsy. In a core needle biopsy, you will have a local anesthetic to numb the area.

The doctor places the core needle, which is larger than the needle used in an aspiration, into the lump. Then he or she takes out a thin section of tissue (about the size of a pencil lead), rather than a few cells.


Breast Biopsy
The Hologic Selenia is used in a stereotactic breast biopsy

A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells from a suspicious area in the breast and examine them to determine a diagnosis.

Stereotactic breast biopsy is an x-ray procedure that uses multiple coordinates to precisely determine the location of a tumor or nodule so that a tissue sample may be obtained.

In MRI-guided breast biopsy, magnetic resonance imaging is used to help guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.

An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy uses sonic pulses to create images, rather than relying on low-dose radiation (as in a stereotactic biopsy) to do the same.

Image-guided needle biopsy is not designed to remove the entire lesion, but most of a very small lesion may be removed in the process of biopsy. Image-guided biopsy is performed when the abnormal area in the breast is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate the lesion by hand (called palpation). With the help of some kind of imaging, your doctor will be better able to locate the lesion, thus ensuring the accuracy of the test.

CT Arthrogram
CT Arthrogram of the shoulder

A CT arthrogram is a diagnostic study of the joint structures within the body by injection of x-ray contrast (dye).

As the dye disperses, the radiologist documents whether the dye is contained or is leaking, which indicates the stability and integrity of the joint and reveals cartilage tears and other injuries. An arthrogram is sometimes performed as a sole diagnostic test. If the site and nature of the injury are clearly apparent, the diagnostic process may stop here.

In other cases, arthrography can be the first phase of a diagnostic process that also includes CT or MRI scans.


Ultrasound Aspiration Biopsy of the Thyroid
Ultrasound view of a thyroid

During a biopsy of the thyroid, a small sample of tissue is removed from the thyroid gland.

The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple and is shaped like a butterfly, with two lobes on either side of the neck connected by a narrow band of tissue. Nodules on the thyroid are often detected by imaging examinations. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a nodule is benign or cancerous.

A needle biopsy, also called a needle aspiration, involves removing some cells from the suspicious area on the thyroid and examining them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis.