Imaging & Interventional Specialists

Gethin Williams, MD, PhD

Vascular & Interventional Radiology & Vein Center located in El Paso, TX

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Imaging & Interventional Specialists - Your alternative to surgery

About our practice

Imaging & Interventional Specialists are world-class, board-certified interventional radiologists who perform minimally invasive, "pinhole", same-day outpatient procedures to address many medical problems. Imaging and Interventional Specialist move tiny, specialized pieces of equipment around the body under image guidance, usually inside vessels, to perform a wide variety of precise techniques.

Interventional Radiology has revolutionized modern medicine. What used to require invasive surgery can now be performed by and interventional radiologist as an outpatient, "pinhole" procedure with minimal to no downtime and in a comfortable outpatient setting. Because procedures are done using a tiny needle they are often referred to as "pinhole" procedures! No more being "put under" in a hospital and having a hospital stay and long recovery.

Imaging & Interventional Specialists provide cutting-edge treatment ... without the cutting! You leave the same day with a Band-Aid!

What is Interventional Radiology?

Interventional Radiology (IR) is a medical specialty that provides minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the human body. IR physicians use X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound to guide tiny catheters and other tiny devices through the body to treat at same time they diagnose conditions such as cancer, peripheral vascular disease, enlarged prostates uterine fibroids, and stroke.

What are the advantages of pinhole procedures?

Because they are “minimally invasive” “pinhole” procedures have these advantages:

  • Rapid recovery
  • fewer side effects
  • Less complications
  • Less pain
  • Less risk
  • Can be performed in a comfortable, familiar outpatient setting without being “put to sleep”
  • Go home the same day with a Band-Aid

What can Imaging & Interventional Specialists treat with our non surgical, "pinhole", same-day techniques

Imaging & Interventional Specialists provide minimally invasive "pinhole? procedures to treat a wide variety of conditions. A special procedure called arterial embolization can be used to treat.

  1. Uterine fibroids
  2. Enlarged prostate
  3. Knee pain
  4. Hemorrhoids
  5. Liver cancer

Other "pinhole" procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement and atherectomy are used to treat peripheral arterial disease.

As well as these procedures Imaging and Interventional Specialists perform procedures for chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, May-Thurner disease, deep vein thrombosis

What is arterial embolization and how is it used to treat medical problems?

Arterial embolization means blocking the flow of blood to a problem area in the body By very precisely blocking feeding arteries with tiny beads or coils blood, containing oxygen and nutrients, is stopped from reaching, for examples, uterine fibroids, enlarged prostates, sites of inflammation, hemorrhoids and liver tumors. These shrink and slowly die being absorbed by the body. At sites of inflammation pain signals are decreased - for example, knee pain and frozen shoulders. This procedure is now often used as an alternative to surgery.

1) Uterine fibroids: uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), an alternative to hysterectomy
Uterine fibroids are non cancerous growths in the uterus that can cause women prolonged and/or heavy periods, constipation and pelvic pain for examples. As a non surgical alternative to hysterectomy uterine fibroid embolizationis a same day, "pinhole" procedure performed by Imaging & Interventional Specialists

2) Enlarged prostate: prostate artery embolization (PAE), a TURP alternative
Lower urinary tract symptoms in men such as frequency (going alot), urgency, nocturia (night time urination) and a weak stream can be cause by a non cancerous overgrowth of the prostate - benign prostatic hyperplasi - causing an enlarged prostate, As a non surgical alternative to a TURP prostate artery embolization is a same day, "pinhole" procedure performed by Imaging & Interventional Specialists in an outpatient setting

3) Knee pain: genicular artery embolization (GAE) an early knee replacement alternative
Knee pain is common and is usually due to "wear and tear" degenerative disease called osteoarthris. As an early treatment alternative to knee replacement geniciular artery embolization can block inflammaroty pain signals. GAE can also treat chronic pain that occurs in some people after a knee replacement.

4) Hemorrhoids: hemorroidal artery embolization (HAE), an alternative to hemorrhiodectomy
Hemorrhoids are swollen and/or bleeding veins in the anal canal. They can be caused by straining with bowel movements, pregnancy or being overweight. As a non surgical alternative to hemorrhoidectomy hemorrhoidal artery embolization (also call the 'emborrhoid' technique) is a simple, outpatient procedure with hospital stay or long recovery

5) Liver tumors: transarterial embolization (TAE),chemo-embolization (TACE), and transarterial radio-embolization (TARE)
Transarterial embolization (TAE),chemo-embolization (TACE), and transarterial radio-embolization (TARE)are a specialized “pinhole” techniques used by imaging and interventional vascular physicians which involves placing a needle is put into one of your arteries and advancing a tiny catheter advanced into the artery supplying your tumor. Tiny beads coated are then slowly introduced into the artery blocking off blood flow in embolization. Beads may be coated with chemotherapy so not only are arteries blocked but chemotherapy delivered. Because the chemotherapy is delivered in a targeted way directly into the liver cancer it is very effective. The liver cancer then shrinks and eyes.

What are angioplasty, stent placement and atherectomy used for?

These non-embolization procedures involve placing tiny, specialized, miniaturized equipment inside arteries to remove atherosclerotic disease that can block arteries and cause leg cramps, leg ulcers and can lead to amputation

Peripheral arterial disease: amputation prevention

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is when plaque (atherosclerosis) builds up and narrows arteries supplying blood to the legs. Symptoms include intermittent claudication or cramping pain in the hips, thighs or calves when walking or exercising - this is because not enough oxygen rich blood is getting to muscles. If left untreated PAD can progress and lead to non-healing wounds or ulcers and eventually limb amputation.

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Gethin Williams, MD, PhD is the Medical Director of Imaging & Interventional Specialists. Dr. Williams has been serving the El Paso, Texas, metropolitan region for over ten years and is a leader in the field of vascular and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and diagnostic radiology. Dr. Williams is dedicated to bringing the latest treatment innovations to the borderland community

Dr. Williams specializes in minimally invasive, micro-targeted outpatient therapies: pinhole procedures using state-of-the-art imaging technologies in a boutique setting. He was the first provider to perform a Y90 treatment (an advanced treatment for cancer) in the El Paso metropolitan area, enabling access to this important modern treatment modality. He is affiliated with the University Medical Center of El Paso and all the campuses of the Hospitals of Providence.

Prior to serving the El Paso region, Dr. Williams served as a General Radiologist and Vascular and Interventional Radiologist at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and University of Massachusetts Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center.

Dr. Williams completed an internal medicine internship at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, followed by a residency with Harvard’s Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine and a radiology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He also completed a dedicated Vascular and Interventional Radiology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Dr Williamds is triple Board Certified in Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology, and in Nuclear Medicine.

Dr. Williams rotated through Harvard Medical School’s training hospitals, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston, where he learned advanced oncologic imaging techniques with PET/CT and PET/MRI and developed a special interest in Interventional Oncology.

Dr. Williams received the RSNA 2006 Trainee Research Award in nuclear medicine for his presentation entitled “Method for Detecting Biological Active Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) by FDG-PET/CT.” In 2010, the RSNA Research & Education Committee awarded Dr. Williams the Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award. Concurrently, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School awarded him the Risa and Felix Fleischner Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Williams is the author of approximately 20 peer-reviewed articles and 10 abstracts. He is a co-developer of a “Method of Reducing Interferences in Positron Emission Tomography,” provisionally patented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is an expert author with Amirsys’ RadPrimer, a popular radiology residency training platform.

In his free time, Dr. Williams enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters, and dogs. Together, they love to travel, hike, and visit family back in Australia.

Services

 

Liver Cancer

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Cancer

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Women's Health

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Men's health

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Arteries

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Pinhole Procedures

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Interventional Radiology

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Insurances we accept

Most treatments are usually covered by major health insurance plans. Each and every insurance plan differs, but our expert staff will help you navigate the insurance process. Imaging & Interventional Specialists accepts most insurance plans and Medicare plans. We are always working to meet your healthcare and health plan needs. Listed below are some of the more popular plans accepted. If you do not see your health insurance listed above or have a question regarding your particular health plan, please contact the office at 915-303-8977 or your health plan provider to see if your plan is currently accepted.

Ambetter Superior Healthplan
Blue Advantage HMO Exchange
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Cigna
Department of Labor
HealthSmart
Humana Choice Care
Medicaid
Molina Healthcare
MultiPlan / PHCS
Novitas Solutions
Railroad Medicare
Texas Medicaid
United Health Care
Workers Compensation

   

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Prostate Enlargement Symptoms

An enlarged prostate can lead to a lot of problems like urinary frequency, hesitancy, and weak stream Now there is a non-surgical cure available in El Paso! You can find a professional who can help you get the best medical assistance.

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Imaging & Interventional Specialists
1601 Murchison Drive
El Paso, TX 79902
Phone: 915-260-6902
Fax: 915-779-9988

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