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Interventional Oncology

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Tumor Growth and More

At Connecticut Image Guided Surgery, we offer comprehensive care for oncology patients, including tumor identification, diagnosis, and treatment. Our state-of-the-art outpatient center also provides tumor-related treatment, including drainage and access placement.

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Tumor Embolization and ChemoembolizationTumor Embolization and Chemoembolization

Chemoembolization is a minimally invasive treatment currently used for liver cancer treatment. It delivers a high dose of cancer-killing drug (a chemotherapeutic pharmaceutical) directly to the organ. Using imaging technology for guidance, our physicians thread a tiny catheter up the femoral artery in the groin into the blood vessels supplying the liver tumor. The embolic agents keep the chemotherapy drug in the tumor by blocking the flow to other areas of the body. This allows for a higher dose of chemotherapy drug to be used, because less of the drug is able to circulate to the healthy cells in the body.

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Tumor AblationTumor Ablation

Ablation refers to treatments that destroy tumors without removing them using heat or cooling. These techniques are often used in patients with no more than a few small tumors. Often, ablation can be done without surgery by inserting a needle or probe into the tumor through the skin. The needle or probe is guided into place with ultrasound or CT scanning. This type of treatment typically does not require a hospital stay.

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BiopsyBiopsy

A biopsy is the removal of a tiny piece of tissue to determine the presence or extent of a disease. Connecticut Image Guided Surgery performs biopsies of the liver, kidneys, thyroid, superficial lymph nodes, lung, and other areas of the body under ultrasound or CT guidance.

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Paracentesis & ThoracentesisParacentesis & Thoracentesis

Paracentesis is a procedure used to remove peritoneal fluid in the abdominal cavity. Thoracentesis is a procedure used to remove excess fluid in the space between the lungs and the chest wall. Both procedures are performed under ultrasound guidance at Connecticut Image Guided Surgery, in a pleasant and comfortable environment.

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Port Placement and RemovalPort Placement and Removal

A port is a small reservoir device that is implanted under the skin and provides access to your veins. The port can stay in place permanently, if necessary. Ports are implanted expertly and painlessly at Connecticut Image Guided Surgery under ultrasound and x-ray guidance. Two incisions are made, a small one near the collarbone and a larger incision usually a few inches below the first incision where a reservoir pocket is formed. Both of these incisions are sewn with dissolvable sutures. When the port is accessed, a special needle is placed through the skin into the reservoir. A catheter under the skin connects the reservoir to a large vein, usually in the chest. This allows you to receive medication or infusions such as chemotherapeutic and antibiotic treatments, blood, or nutrition, or to have lab samples taken. We will safely remove your port when it is no longer needed.

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Hickman Catheter Placement and RemovalHickman Catheter Placement and Removal

A Hickman catheter is most often used for the administration of chemotherapy or other medications, as well as for the withdrawal of blood for analysis. Hickman catheters may remain in place for extended periods and are used when long-term intravenous access is needed. The Hickman catheter insertion involves two incisions, a small one near the collarbone and a larger incision usually a few inches below the first incision where the catheter comes out of the chest wall. Throughout the procedure, ultrasound and X-rays are used to ascertain the positioning of the catheter. We will safely remove your Hickman catheter when it is no longer needed.

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PICC Placement and RemovalPICC Placement and Removal

peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is a long, thin plastic tube that functions as an intravenous (IV) line. A PICC line is inserted into a peripheral vein, typically in the upper arm, and advanced under ultrasound and x-ray guidance until the catheter tip terminates in a large vein in the chest. A PICC's central tip location in the body allows for treatment that could not be obtained from standard peripheral IV access. We will safely remove your PICC when it is no longer needed.

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