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11.12.2013

Interventional Radiology Unveils State-of-the-Art Angio Suite to Treat Sylvester Cancer Patients

With the Interventional Radiology Section team lining the halls, a grateful patient and the Dean of the Miller School smiling broadly, Govindarajan Narayanan, M.D., associate professor of radiology, declared a “new day for Sylvester” as he unveiled the new angio suite at University of Miami Hospital and Clinics.

Narayanan, who is Chief of the Vascular and Interventional Radiology Section and a member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, led the ribbon-cutting event held Nov. 5 in the radiology area of UMHC, adding that the project had been three years in the making. The new suite containing a Siemens Artis Q imaging system has advanced 3-D and Cone beam CT capabilities, and can perform several procedures in the growing arsenal of interventional radiology.

“It greatly improves our abilities,” said Narayanan, “allowing us to perform more complex procedures with less radiation and faster processing, and the data will help improve our research capabilities.”

Acknowledging the huge growth in the field, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., an internationally renowned cardiologist, declared that he wanted to be an interventional radiologist in his next career. “This is a great day and a great opportunity,” the Dean said. He recognized Narayanan and Department of Radiology Chair Robert Quencer, M.D., for his “leadership and foresight to see the opportunity available for cancer patients.”

Interventional radiology often provides an alternative to surgery for a wide range of conditions, including arterial, dialysis, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and oncological interventions. The new angio suite, the first installation of the Artis Q in the nation, provides image-guided, targeted treatments that allow for shorter recovery and less risk and pain compared to traditional surgery. Narayanan and his team are exploring innovative, bold new ways to use the available technology.

With his wife Linda beside him, Phil Corey, a patient and long-time supporter of the University of Miami and the Miller School, said the combination of Narayanan’s expertise, the new technology and the vision of the Dean and Quencer was a “perfect storm.” If not for interventional radiology and the team at Sylvester, Corey said, “I’d probably be on the other side of the grass.” He went on to pledge his and his wife’s continued financial support for Narayanan. “We will give as much as possible and ask our friends to support his work as well.”

Quencer said there were only three people performing interventional radiology when he first arrived in the department. In the last several years, the team of physicians has grown to 20, performing more than 30,000 procedures each year. “The future of interventional radiology is enormous.”

Corey agreed, urging the doctors to move “full steam ahead!”

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