About IR procedures and tests

Who are interventional radiologists? ; Ken U. Ekechukwu, MD, MPH, FACP.

Who are interventional radiologists? First, let me explain who interventional  radiologists are not: they are not surgeons, radiation oncologists, cardiologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists, internists, and so on. They are physicians, who, like other physicians, went through the rigorous paths of qualification to bear the “MD” appelation. They then went through additional residency training that required 1 year of […]

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Preparing patients for interventional radiological procedures. Ken U. Ekechukwu, MD, MPH, FACP.

Most interventional radiological (IR) procedures are safe and help patients immensely, but sometimes they are associated with complications. Some complications are inherent to the nature of a procedure, while others are not and are preventable by taking some precautions before, during, and after a procedure.  Here, I offer general guidelines to physicians and patients on […]

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Stenting of the carotid artery. Ken U. Ekechukwu, MD, MPH, FACP.

What is stenting of the carotid artery? The carotid artery carries fresh blood from the heart to the neck, the face, and the head including the anterior brain. Two carotid arteries arise from the aorta, the large artery in the chest that comes directly from the left heart; one runs through the right neck, while […]

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Percutaneous gastrostomy. Ken U. Ekechukwu, MD, MPH, FACP.

What is percutaneous gastrostomy? Per is Latin for through. Cutaneous comes from cutis, Latin for skin. Gastro derives from gaster, Greek for stomach. Stomy is from stomatos, Greek for mouth. Thus, ‘percutaneous gastrostomy’ means making a hole (or opening/mouth) in the stomach through the skin. It is the deliberate construction of a track from the skin […]

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Aneurysm of the aorta. Ken U. Ekechukwu, MD, MPH, FACP.

What is aorta? The aorta is the large artery that carries blood from the heart and distributes it to the rest of the body. The portion of the artery in the chest is called the thoracic aorta, while the portion in the abdomen or belly is the abdominal aorta. In the chest and abdomen the aorta […]

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