As one of the largest integrated interventional radiology departments in the Chicagoland area, NorthShore’s team is comprised of the diverse expertise of board-certified, fellowship trained physicians with the goal of providing a personalized approach to treatment for every patient. Our physicians also participate in research and clinical trials in order to find new options for treating cardiac, endovascular and cancer symptoms.
Our state-of-the-art labs house the latest technology which will allow our interventional radiologists to collaborate with the rest of your care team to provide comprehensive lab tests, imaging and minimally invasive procedures.
Our Y90 radioembolization program has provided liver cancer patients with a much less extensive treatment option for tumors. Through a minimally invasive procedure, a thin tube (catheter) is inserted into an artery through a small incision, guided by X-ray imaging. An interventional radiologist will use this catheter to inject microspheres which lodge in the small vessels that feed the tumor and emit radiation that targets and destroys the cancer cells within the tumor without affecting the healthy liver tissue. This approach drastically reduces recovery time by eliminating the need for a major surgical procedure or radiation therapy done from outside of the body. Side effects of the radiation only last for a matter of days, allowing patients to return to their activities much faster. This approach also works to improve the quality of life for patients with inoperable tumors.
NorthShore’s interventional radiology lab hosts a state-of-the-art MRI machine, which our specialists have used to improve the quality of their patient care with inventive approaches to procedures. The chairman of the department, Dr. Robert Edelman, has been a pioneer in the research and development of imaging techniques, and along with development from our Interventional radiology team, has innovated the technique of MRA and MRV imaging without the use of X-ray contrast dye. In doing so, our team has increased the accuracy of imaging procedures in detecting and diagnosing conditions without the need of an injection.