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The Angiography and Interventional Radiology Division in the Department of Radiology recently renovated two minimally invasive procedure rooms, as part of a two-year process that has also created patient clinic space and teaching facilities.
"Our growing practice mirrors a major theme in modern medicine - providing excellent patient care while shortening hospital recovery time," said Richard Baum, division director. “Each month we perform more than 400 procedures in our labs and see more than 200 patients in our ambulatory clinic - making it one of the most active IR practices in the U.S.”
The group performs 100 different minimally invasive procedures in body systems affected by a host of diseases. These range from providing life saving emergency care to routine elective procedures. Two examples include uterine fibroid embolization, which eliminates fibroids by blocking their blood supply, and regional cancer therapy, which deposits chemotherapy directly into the tumor’s blood supply, as an alternative to conventional chemotherapy.
In addition to these procedures, the division has assumed many more clinical responsibilities. BWH interventional radiologists now evaluate potential patients in an outpatient setting, consult for primary care physicians and specialists, as well as admit and treat hospitalized patients. “We are delighted that this renovation enables us to stay at the forefront of medicine, especially to offer increasingly complex procedures that make a difference for so many patients,” said Baum.