Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. Identifying the type of cancer in the lung is an important step in determining the treatment. Utilizing image guidance, IR’s perform biopsy in a manner less painful and risky than a open surgical biopsy.

MIMIT doctors also specialize in a therapy where radio frequency is introduced into a tumor via a special catheter. The energy created by RF heats the tumor, causing it to shrink. Of note, 85 percent of lung cancer patients are incurable, often due to serious coexisting health conditions or poor respiratory function. The RF ablation is not a curative treatment. It provides relief and sometimes can extend the quality of life for the patient.

procedures include:

  • Image guided biopsies of lung nodules
  • Radio Frequency Ablation of lung tumors
  • Chemo Embolization
  • Image guided drainage of pleural effusions, pneumothorax
  • Insertion of Pleurex drainage catheter.
  • abscesses drainage