Specialized X-Ray exams of the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages and other blood vessel problems.
IVC Filters prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart and lungs.
Image-guided procedure that helps determine the cause of infection, inflammation, lumps or masses.
A procedure for detecting breast cancer, abnormalities in the breast and implant integrity
An ultrasound of the inside of your belly by inserting a probe into the vagina
SDMI has always been a leading innovator in healthcare technology in Southern Nevada and we continue to uphold our mission of delivering an exceptional patient experience and accurate results through the cutting-edge technology installed in our facilities.
Scheduling of the insertion or removal of a chest or arm port is handled by a special team who will be able to answer all your questions about the procedure and provide you with the preparation instructions. Please call our Interventional Radiology Scheduling department at: 702.732.6020.
Yes. The port can be removed by the Interventional Radiology team at SDMI in a simple procedure similar to the one used to place it. Your doctor will let you know when you are ready for your port to be removed.
Yes. It will need to be flushed every 4 weeks, which is done to make sure the port catheter does not become blocked. If your port becomes blocked, it will no longer work and may have to be removed. The catheter is flushed with a medicine called heparin, which keeps clots from forming. Please notify your doctor if you are allergic to heparin, as you will need a special type of port. Flushing your port needs to be done by a specially trained nurse. Do not allow someone to access your port who is not familiar and trained in port access. Your port will also be flushed right before the needle is removed after each treatment or infusion. If your port is properly maintained, it can stay in place for as long as your doctor feels you need it. It will be removed during a procedure that is similar to how it was put in.
After the procedure, you will see some redness and tenderness in the area. This should go away in 24 to 48 hours. However, contact the SDMI nurse if you notice unusual changes in the skin such as increased swelling, redness or soreness. If you have pain, fever, chills, shortness of breath or dizziness, contact us right away at: 702-240-1280.
After your port is placed, an SDMI nurse will place a dressing over the wound and review the proper care instructions. For the first few days, do not get the dressing wet or remove them unless your doctor tells you to. If the port will be used that day, an access needle will be in the port covered by a dressing. There will also be a small dressing over the top incision. It is common for the incision site to feel sore and this pain should lessen within 24 to 48 hours. You can take over-the-counter pain medicine if you need it, since most patients do not require prescription pain medicine. Wearing a seatbelt may put pressure on your incisions. If so, you can put a small pillow or folded towel between the strap and your body. For the first few days, you should avoid certain activities.
Once your incision heals, you will be able to return to your normal daily activities. You can swim with the port once your skin has healed, just as long as there is no needle in the port. The skin over the port only requires normal washing and bathing. You do not need a bandage if the port is not being used. When the port is used, a transparent dressing will cover the needle. It must be kept in place and dry. Most people will not know that you have a port. The port will not set off metal detectors.
Your doctor or nurse can give medicines or fluids and/or take blood samples through your port. This makes it more comfortable for you. Because the port places medicines into a large central vein, the medicines mix better in the blood. The medicines are also diluted so they are less harmful to your veins. SDMI uses the Bard PowerPort brand of chest and arm port. Before you leave our office, you will receive a packet of information about your port, including an identification card, bracelet and key ring card. Be sure to keep you patient identification card with you at all times. To access the port, your nurse or doctor will place a special needle, called a Huber needle, into the port. You may feel a mild pricking when they put the needle into the port. This sensation often gets milder over time. Ask your doctor or nurse what you should expect.
Your port is a small device (about the size of a quarter) used to carry medicine into the bloodstream. It has one or two small basins that are sealed with a soft silicone top, called a septum. The port is placed under the skin on your chest or arm and connects to a small, soft tube called a catheter. The catheter is placed inside one of the large central veins that take blood to your heart. When a special needle is put into the septum, it created “access” to your bloodstream. Medicine and fluids can be given through the needle and blood samples can be withdrawn. Your port has three bumps on top of each septum. The port with one septum is also shaped like a triangle. These features help the nurse know that your port can receive power injections.
A CT Scanner uses X-RAY equipment and powerful computers to create detailed pictures of your bones and all of your blood vessels.
A big arm will move over your body (it doesn't touch you though) to scan and see if you are really a superhero or not.
We are going to take a look at your colon, we will use a special liquid called barium, while the barium is in your colon a large camera will move over you and take pictures.
This test uses a large magnet, it kind of looks like a spaceship, radio waves and a computer to create pictures of the inside of your body.
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With this scan we are going to look at how your cells are working, this machine can actually tell us how cells are working before they even start to look different.
This test uses waves to take pictures of your body, not waves like the beach but radio waves.
If you are coming in for this test your tummy must be hurting? When you come see us we are going to look at the inside of your belly and learn more about the size and shape of your organs.
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