Donors support the most minimally-invasive procedures possible in the new IR suites.
Photo: Dr. Emeka Nzekwu is an interventional radiologist completing his fellowship with the QEII’s IR team.
for interventional radiology.
Interventional radiology (IR) is one of the fastest growing fields of medicine. These teams diagnose and treat patients in the same room, using the same equipment. Through tiny incisions in the skin, wires and tubes are used to deliver treatment to the target organ. Procedures rely on live image guidance such as x-ray, CT, and ultrasound.
Patients like Jennifer Chiasson (right), arrive here when least expected. Jennifer received lifesaving care for a blood clot following sudden cardiac arrest at home in 2019.
A tumour, dangerous blood clot or even a stroke could bring you to the QEII’s IR suites. The QEII’s IR team delivers the most minimally-invasive care possible – conducting more than 200 unique procedures from head-to-toe. Under their watch, life-threatening blood clots are eliminated with the nick of an incision, while cancerous tumours are treated and destroyed through tiny pinholes rather than major surgery. Many IR procedures are done as outpatient – meaning patients go home on the same day.
With the help of generous community donors, patients are entering a brand new space, equipped with the latest technology. Donor support for IR meant expanding the new IR suites from two rooms to four, and introducing a dedicated recovery area. The IR team believed in the cause so much, they stepped up to match donations to a total of $200,000.
Today, patients who need an IR procedure have faster access to care, spend less time in hospital and more time with their families.
The new IR suites have greatly improved the quality of care we are able to provide to an ever increasing number of patients. – Dr. Emeka Nzekwu
QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation
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