All eyes on revolutionary imaging treatment at RNSH
Welcoming the use of the SpyGlass imaging treatment at RNSH are (from left) Section Senior Radiographer Sarah Toh, Interventional Radiologist Dr Albert Goh and Angiography Department nurses Georgia Klapos and Susana Tobar
A revolutionary treatment which can help identify
RNSH’s medical imaging team is believed to be one of the first interventional radiology departments in Australia to permanently integrate the treatment, which can help doctors precisely locate and examine tissue without performing surgery and can prevent multiple hospital visits for patients. “It’s a cutting-edge treatment but without us having to cut patients,” said Endovascular and Interventional Radiologist Dr Albert Goh, who oversaw an initial trial of the treatment involving about 10 patients at RNSH earlier this year. “It’s a wonderful addition to the treatment we are already offering patients.
“It will help patients who are too medically fragile to be treated under anaesthetic. It’s also more less invasive, it can help reduce hospitalisations and it just offers patients an alternative treatment.” Offering an alternative to more traditional 2D x-ray imaging, it can help confirm malignant conditions such as pancreatic cancer, as well as gall and bile stones, cystic lesions and benign conditions which could become more serious without immediate treatment. “By helping us diagnose these conditions earlier, it can also
pancreatic cancer and other potentially life- threatening conditions earlier without needing surgery has been introduced at RNSH. The SpyGlass treatment involves the insertion of a small camera through an incision near the liver into the bile ducts. Using the latest digital technology available, the camera provides even clearer images of areas including the biliary and pancreatic ducts and help detect potentially life- threatening conditions.
help reduce admissions to intensive care,” said Albert.
There’ll always be patients not suitable for surgery for various reasons, so Spyglass can help us treat them.”
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