What to Expect

Photo of doctors preparing IRE probes

What Should I Expect Before, During and After the Procedure?

Before undergoing IRE, you will be scheduled to have imaging studies done, usually an MRI with and without contrast. This allows our experts to evaluate the exact size and location of the tumor and plan the ideal placement of the IRE probes.

You will be asked to return for an appointment in our PREP Center approximately two weeks before your IRE procedure to have a pre-procedure work up completed. This visit will include a physical examination and complete medical history. Any necessary lab tests will also be done at this time.

On the day of your procedure, you will come to the Department of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Doctors will do a CT scan to guide the placement of the four probes that will send the electrical energy to the tumor.

Photo of Doctor Fred Moeslein inserting the IRE probes

Dr. Fred Moeslein inserting the IRE probes.

The actual IRE procedure lasts only minutes. You will stay in the hospital overnight for observation. In some cases, a repeat MRI may be done. You will be discharged the following day, with a only small bandage placed over the area where the probes were inserted.

Approximately one month after the procedure, you will be asked to return for follow-up imaging to evaluate the treated area.

How do I schedule an appointment?

For information on NanoKnife IRE or to schedule an appointment, please call the Department of Interventional Radiology at 410-328-0000.