Musculoskeletal radiology (MSK) is a subspecialty of radiology. MSK radiology uses state-of-the-art imaging technology to diagnose disorders of bones, joints, and soft tissues using a wide variety of modalities including conventional radiography (x-ray), computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
MSK radiologists help diagnose a variety of musculoskeletal disorders including trauma, sports injury, arthritis, bone and soft tissue tumors, and many other etiologies causing acute and chronic pain.
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body. Because nuclear medicine procedures are able to pinpoint molecular activity within the body, they offer the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages as well as a patient’s immediate response to therapeutic interventions.
What is tumor cryoablation?
Tumor cryoablation is a procedure that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy cancer cells. Cryoablation is used to treat tumors of the kidney.
How is tumor cyroablation done?
A needle-like applicator will be placed in contact with the tumor, more than one applicator may be used depending on the tumor size and location. Dr. Christenson will use ultrasound and other x-ray imaging to guide the applicator(s) to the treatment site. Once the applicator is in the correct location, Dr. Christenson will administer argon gas...