Blasting Tumors with CT Guided Hot and Cold Probes

The beneficial applications of “blasting” tumors with needle probes that emit vaporizing heat or freezing cold have blossomed, creating more options for cancer patients here, says Spokane interventional radiologist Ken Syming­ton.

The techniques, called percutaneous radiofrequency ablation and percutaneous cryoablation, respectively, are being performed here at Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital by interventional radiologists, including Symington and several of his colleagues from Spokane-based Inland Imaging LLC.

Symington says both techniques now are proving useful for treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in the lungs, kidney, liver, and bones, in addition to the more familiar use of cryoablation for treatment of prostate cancer.

complete article at Spokane Journal of Business

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