Alamogordo Imaging Center Offers Radioembolization Y-91 Treatment

Alamogordo Imaging Center has the most cutting-edge technology to help our patients get the best results from their procedures with Radioembolization Y-91 treatment. If you’re looking for an effective, non-invasive treatment that’s FDA approved to treat liver and prostate cancer, Y-91 might be your best option. At Alamogordo Imaging Center, we have three radiologists who offer Y-91 treatment with expertise in neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, and breast imaging, all at our patient-friendly location in Alamogordo, NM.

What is Radioembolization?
Radioembolization is a procedure in which radioactive materials (a radioactive substance like yttrium-90) are injected into the blood vessels that feed a tumor. The radiation from these substances then kills the cancer cells. The chemical may also be used to slow or stop the growth of new blood vessels that supply tumors with oxygen and nutrients, which slows their growth. This treatment is most often given for cancers of the liver, lung, head and neck, pancreas, prostate, kidney,
and bone

Who Would Benefit from this Procedure?
Radioembolization is a treatment option for people with certain types of liver cancer that cannot be removed by surgery. It involves injecting tiny particles called emboli into the hepatic artery, which carries blood to the liver. The emboli block the blood flow to cancerous tumors and can also shrink them. This procedure is typically used as a last resort when other treatments have not been effective or are not an option.
For more information on this procedure, please contact Alamogordo Imaging Center at (575) 437-7171. We offer MRIs using 1.5 Tesla Signa Infinity LX Echospeed Plus, with a high-performance short bore whole body imaging system, along with Radiologists who are board certified in neuroradiology and musculoskeletal MRI imaging services.

– How Does it Work?
Radioembolization is a minimally invasive treatment option for patients with unresectable or recurrent liver cancers. The procedure involves the injection of microspheres, which are made of a substance that the body recognizes as foreign, into the tumor. A powerful radioactive isotope (Y-90) is embedded in these microspheres and slowly released over time. As the radioactivity accumulates in the target tumor, it damages and kills cancer cells. It also stimulates an immune response against the tumor. Once therapy has begun, there are no surgical procedures involved so you can go about your daily life without restrictions. Radioembolization has been proven to be more effective than chemotherapy in destroying tumors while causing fewer side effects.

– What To Expect After The Procedure?
The Alamogordo Imaging Center offers radioembolization treatments for cancerous tumors. For example, with the Y-91 treatment, radioactive particles are injected into the tumor. The radiation emitted then destroys the tumor from within. If you have been diagnosed with a form of cancer and would like to explore your options for treatment, contact us today at (575) 437-3600 or fill out our online form. Our team will be happy to help answer any questions you might have and determine which treatment is best for your condition.

– Is there any Side Effects?
Radioembolization is a treatment for liver cancer that can be used as an alternative to surgery. It does not have the same side effects and risk of recurrence as surgery, and it is less invasive and more comfortable for patients. It has been successful in treating other tumors in the body such as lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and esophageal cancers. The procedure involves injecting tiny particles into veins around a tumor which then block off blood supply to the tumor cells. The patient may also receive embolic coils or ferromagnetic beads via catheter directly into the arteries supplying blood to the tumor site; these then clot off or disrupt blood flow to tumor cells in order to kill them off through lack of oxygen (ischemia).

Cost of the Procedure
Radioembolization is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to stop the growth of a tumor by using embolic agents, such as beads or coils, which are injected into the arterial system. The intent is to stop blood flow to the tumor, causing it to die and shrink. Our Radiologists will assess your condition and give you a consultation before deciding if this treatment is right for you. If so, they will proceed with the procedure. After injecting an embolic agent through an IV, they may perform a CT scan to make sure they’ve reached the appropriate area of the body. A common side effect is an
intense pain in that region after the injection because there is a temporary blockage in the artery leading to that area. However, once any pain subsides it’s usually gone for good!

Contact Alamogordo Imaging Center Today!
If you are in need of a Radiologist that specializes in neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, or breast imaging, we can help. We offer MRI using 1.5 Tesla Signa Infinity LX Echospeed Plus, with a high-performance short-bore, whole-body imaging system. Alamogordo Imaging Center is happy to announce they offer the treatment Radioembolization Y-91 ! Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment. Our Radiologists are board certified and specialize in neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, and breast imaging!


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