Radiology & Imaging
Equipped with cutting-edge technology and backed by the expertise of skilled faculties, the radiology department at All Is Well Multispecialty Hospital is one of its kinds in the country. The department functions as a Tertiary Referral Centre for Radiology with sub-specialisation and specific focus on Neuroimaging, Functional Neuroimaging, Head and Neck Imaging, Abdomino-pelvic, Chest and Musculoskeletal Imaging along with Interventional Radiology.
The complete range of imaging services are provided for all age groups of patients, using the latest equipment and techniques. With the highest quality of imaging and image-interpretation, the Radiology department provides a strong foundation for expert care at the hands of our experienced specialists.
With top-of-the-line personnel in the capacity of Division Chiefs for each of the different sub-specialties in radiology, we are proud to have such valuable experts for our patients.
Services provided by the Radiology department are at par with international standards and include:
Second Opinion Service-“We have experts in imaging of specific areas like brain and spinal cord, heart and blood vessels, abdomen, breast, bones and joints, lungs etc. If you need a second opinion for any reason, you can submit images (on film or CD). You can discuss the findings with our experts by appointment. Limitations imposed by the provided images and protocols used for acquisition of images will apply on imaging done elsewhere.”
Read More about Interventional Radiology and what it can treat….
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral arterial disease can cause blockages of the arteries supplying the legs and this causes pain while walking. Other patients may have wounds that do not heal. With increasing severity, it can lead to gangrene and loss of the limb. This is especially common in diabetics. All Is Well Multispecialty Hospital is fully equipped to diagnose and treat the conditions causing these serious problems. Endovascular treatment for these conditions is low risk and done through small “pinholes” to open up blockages using angioplasty and stents where necessary. The patient does not usually need general anaesthesia, and recovery is very quick. Newer treatments using special devices to remove plaques such as atherectomy etc. are also used when required.
Venous disease can be mild or severe. Early problems include varicose veins, small or large, mild swelling of legs and ankles etc. More advanced cases can have severe swelling, blackening of skin and significant skin damage leading to wounds that do not heal. The treatment of venous disease can involve dissolving and removing clots in the veins, or blocking veins that have valves that do not work properly. All this is done through “pinholes “with guidance of DSA or Ultrasound with quick and durable treatment and short hospital stays.
Uterine Fibroids or “Leiomyomas” are common tumours that are not cancerous. These are found in women of childbearing age and can cause many symptoms when large. The symptoms can be excessive bleeding, pain, difficulty with urination or bowel movements etc. These problems can now be solved by blocking the blood supply of these benign tumours using catheters and thus causing them to shrink. This is a short stay procedure and has a very high success rate.
The aorta is the biggest artery in the body. When its wall becomes weak, it enlarges like a balloon and can burst and bleed. This is a life-threatening situation. Aneurysms like this are treated by endovascular techniques, which are the standard of care for these conditions.
Jaundice because of Biliary Obstruction:
Placing a stent in the biliary system to reopen it can treat many patients with blockage of the bile duct. This procedure can be done under local anaesthesia with ultrasonography and fluoroscopic guidance.
Patients with cancer frequently need long-term chemotherapy through intravenous injections. Interventional Radiologists are experts in placing tubes and access devices in veins that can last for a long period of time. These reduce the need for repeatedly undergoing painful injections and prevent blockage of many veins in the arm.
Patients with portal hypertension due to liver cirrhosis frequently start accumulating a lot of water in the abdomen at time. This is very uncomfortable and can be life threatening. Many of these patients also bleed from the veins inside the bowel because of high pressure. A procedure called “Transjugular Intrahepatic Shunt” (TIPS) can be done to bypass the high pressure in the liver and thereby reduce the pressure in the veins, which causes these symptoms. This procedure is done through the vein and does not involve any open surgery. This can be very useful in many patients with advanced cirrhosis.
Many people with age get a large prostate, which can cause difficulties with passing urine. The National Health Service (UK) as well as the FDA (USA) has approved a technique of blocking the blood supply to the prostate thus shrinking it in size so that the urinary symptoms are reduced or eliminated. This is being used as first line treatment at many centres for this common condition.
There are many other conditions and situations in which the accuracy and minimally invasive nature of interventional radiology is making it the first choice treatment for many patients the world over.
Vertebral Column and Joint Pain:
Pain in the back can occur because of many conditions. Painful tumours and fractures of the vertebral column can be treated using techniques like Vertebroplasty where the painful vertebrae are injected under Image guidance to take away the pain.
Similarly, many conditions of joints can be treated with image-guided injections to reduce the pain.
All these are minimally invasive and low risk methods for providing symptomatic relief in suffering patients.