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Our board-certified physicians diagnose and treat many vascular conditions. Call 310-481-7545 to learn more about interventional radiology services.

Treatment for:

Tumors in the liver, kidney, bone, soft tissue and other locations

Why it’s done:

Percutaneous ablation allows minimally invasive destruction of tumors without the need for open surgery.

How it’s done:

An interventional radiologist uses ultrasound, CT, or both to guide specialized needles into the tumor. The needles use heat (microwave or radiofrequency ablation), cold (cryoablation), or rapid-pulsed electricity (irreversible electroporation) to kill the tumor without requiring open surgery.

Level of anesthesia:

Conscious sedation or general anesthesia


Bleeding, infection, damage to surrounding structures, organ damage, rare tumor seeding


After ablation, patients proceed to the post-anesthesia care unit for recovery. A post-procedure imaging scan may be performed to determine the effect of the ablation. Most patients are discharged home the same day. Antibiotics and/or pain medications may be prescribed to prevent pain or infection after the procedure.


A follow-up CT or MRI is usually performed 1 month after treatment along with clinic visit in interventional radiology to determine the results and allow for further treatment planning.

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