Proud to be WMC: What can brown do for you?

By The Pulse Mar 7, 2017

The Interventional Radiology team at Wyoming Medical Center: Front row, from left, Rebecca Samberg, R.N.; Bree Miller, radiologic technologist; Brittani Hill, R.N.; Debra Magee, R.N.; Charles Bowkley III, M.D.; Tami Bjorklund, radiologic technologist; and Kristen Getter, radiologic technologist. Back row, Shelley Whitmire, R.N.; Kimberly Beem, R.N.; Ty Tucker, radiologic technologist; Geoffrey Smith, M.D.; Eric Cubin III, M.D., and Shawn Ficken, P.A. (Not pictured, Michael Sloan, M.D.)

Many people roaming the hospital see us and wonder: “Who wears the brown scrubs?” Some of these people are even hospital employees. 

At Wyoming Medical Center, brown is the color designated to Interventional Radiology (IR). Unless you’ve had to visit our department, you may have no idea what IR is or what we do. Our team is made of medical doctors who specialize in interventional radiology, a physician assistant, nurses and radiologic technologists. 

IR, also commonly known as Specials, is a fairly new field of medicine in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance such as CT scans, fluoroscopy and ultrasound. Some of these procedures are done to diagnose illness while others are done to treat them. Different imaging modalities allow interventional radiologists to manipulate and guide tiny instruments throughout the body. In many instances, this allows patients to avoid more invasive surgery.

This field is one of the most rapidly expanding areas in medicine. Being able to perform interventions with minimal down time for the patient is huge. We also perform lifesaving procedures on patients too sick for surgery. We care for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, and for all types of patients – whether they are coming in for a particular procedure, already admitted to the hospital or coming to us for an emergency illness or injury.

We deliver safe, effective and compassionate care using state-of-the-art imaging and equipment. The range of exams performed using image guidance for both therapeutic and diagnostic procedures are extensive and constantly evolving.

We perform a wide variety of both vascular and non-vascular interventions for issues of the gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary, pulmonary, musculoskeletal and central nervous system. These procedures are usually performed using needles, wires, and narrow tubes called catheters, rather than making large incisions into the body like in traditional surgery. These can be as straightforward as back injections to help control pain, thoracentesis to remove excess fluid from the lungs and central line placement to administer medications and/or nutrients. And they can be more complex, from clot retrieval in cerebral arties during strokes, to chemotherapy treatments, to endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurism repair (AAA). (Read how Wyoming Medical Center’s two-specialist approach to AAA repair leads to better patient outcomes.)

So what can brown do for you? The answer is a lot of things (except delivering packages to your house). Feel free to stop by and pay us a visit sometime. Whether you bring a patient down to us or just want to see what we are really about, we would love to have you.

Sincerely,

Your crew in brown

About the authors

This article was written by our team of radiologic technologists Kristen Getter, Ty Tucker, Tami Bjorkland and Bree Miller.

Proud to be WMC is an occasional feature highlighting the departments at Wyoming Medical Center. Learn more about our radiology services here. 

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