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Radiology Cancer Services

Emory Decatur Hospital offers a wide-range of radiology cancer services with the latest diagnostic radiology and imaging procedures to aid in the early detection and treatment of cancer. Radiology cancer services and diagnostic imaging procedures are used to identify cancer cells, determine how the disease’s stage and develop an effective plan of treatment.

While some cancers are diagnosed through a biopsy to remove cells from a suspicious area for laboratory examination, some cancers require highly sophisticated images of the body’s bones and organs to determine if cancer is present or to treat the disease. Emory Decatur Hospital uses the latest radiology for cancer technology and state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment and procedures in radiology for cancer detection to provide the highest quality images.

Types of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology Cancer Services

Emory Decatur Hospital offers several medical imaging tests and radiology for cancer procedures to assist in the diagnosis or treatment of cancer. In addition to these cancer-related medical imaging techniques and Atlanta radiology cancer services and procedures, Emory Decatur Hospital offers a full array of cancer services and programs.

Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital offer chemoembolization, a procedure that combines chemotherapy with the blockage of blood flow to a tumor. Chemoembolization is most often used to treat cancer of the liver or other cancers that have spread from the liver. In this treatment, X-rays are used to guide a catheter (thin tube) into your arteries and to the tumor.

Anti-cancer drugs are injected into the cancerous tumor, avoiding exposure of the entire body to the effects of these drugs. Then synthetic material called an embolic agent is placed inside the blood vessels that supply blood to the tumor. This prevents blood from flowing to the cancerous tissue which means the tumor cannot get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to grow. It also traps the chemotherapy in the tumor.

Depending on the number and type of tumors, chemoembolization may be used as the only treatment or may be combined with other treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or radiofrequency ablation.

Because a very strong magnet is used in an MRI scan, if you have a pacemaker and other implanted device you may not be able to have this particular exam. An MRI scan produces dozens and sometimes hundreds of images that can be viewed from many different angles. Single MRI images are called slices. They can be stored on a computer or printed out using film. A radiologist who is specially trained in reviewing your images will promptly provide a report your physician about the findings of your MRI scan in Atlanta at EMory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital. Your physician will share the results with you.

Preparing for Chemoembolization

Your physician will admit you to the hospital prior to your procedure, and a nurse will review your medical history. Have a list of medications that you are current taking and a list of any allergies. If you think you may be pregnant let the nurse know immediately. You should have someone drive you home when you are discharged from the hospital.

Your Chemoembolization

Your nurse will place an IV site in your hand or upper arm in case any medication or sedation is necessary during your procedure. A specially-trained interventional radiologist will perform your chemoembolization using x-rays to guide the procedure. You will lie flat on your back and a nurse will monitor your heart rate and blood pressure during the procedure.

You will be asked if you would like sedation during the procedure to make you feel relaxed and sleepy. The interventional radiologist will numb the skin and make a small incision. With the guidance of the x-ray, the radiologist will insert a catheter thru the skin and into the femoral artery and move it to your liver. The x-ray dye is injected thru your IV, and several images will be taken.

Once the catheter is in the correct position, the radiologist will inject the anti-cancer drugs and embolic agents. More images will be taken to verify the tumor has been treated. Once the procedure is complete, the catheter is removed and a dressing is placed over the incision. The procedure usually takes 90 minutes.

After Your Chemoembolization

After your procedure, you will be moved to a hospital room so you can be monitored for at least for 48 hours. When you are ready to go home, your nurse will give you any after-care instructions including any restrictions on activities. You may be given a prescription for oral medications.

The radiologist who performed your procedure will advise your physician as to whether your procedure was a success. Your physician will follow up with you about the results of your procedure.

Scheduling and Directions

Your physician will contact Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital to schedule your chemoembolization procedure for you.

If your chemoembolization will be performed at Emory Decatur Hospital, you will need to go to the hospital’s central registration area.

  • From North Decatur Road, enter the hospital campus via Wash Lively Road.
  • At road end, turn right. (Note: If you are in a wheelchair or need to be dropped off at the entrance, turn left and proceed to the Central Registration patient drop-off which is on the right just past the main hospital entrance. Your driver should then turn around and continue to the Visitor/Patient parking deck.)
  • At stop sign, turn left and park in the Visitor/Patient parking deck.
  • Take any elevator or stairs to the 3rd level.
  • Proceed to the Pedestrian Bridge to the hospital.
  • Take bridge straight ahead to the escalators.
  • Take escalators down one level.
  • Once off escalators, turn right and immediately left and follow the directions to the hospital main lobby.
  • Proceed past the hospital Gift Shop on your right.
  • Once in the main lobby, follow the hallway to Central Registration.
  • At the end of hallway, turn left.
  • Central Registration is on the right.

If your biopsy is being performed at Emory Hillandale Hospital, go to the hospital’s registration area.

  • Park in the hospital parking lot.
  • Proceed to the main entrance of the hospital.
  • Registration is directly on the right – you must register before proceeding to the Imaging Department.
  • When you have completed registration, a staff member will direct you to the Imaging Department for your chemoembolization.

Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital perform kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive treatment that can repair spinal fractures, which are fractures of the back in the body of a vertebra. When a vertebra fractures, the usual rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed and distorted, causing pain. The fracture causes it to collapse and the spinal column above it to develop an abnormal forward curve. These fractures can be caused by osteoporosis, certain forms of cancer that weaken the bones or benign lesions. The kyphoplasty procedure is most often is used to treat fractures caused by osteoporosis.

In kyphoplasty, X-rays are used to show the collapsed bones and to guide the physician to the site of the fractured bone. During a kyphoplasty procedure, orthopaedic balloons are inserted and used to lift the fractured bone, returning it to the correct position and shape. A special bone cement then is injected to hold the vertebra in place. The balloons are removed during the kyphoplasty procedure.

When the balloons are not needed to restore the shape of the fractured bone, a similar procedure known as vertebroplasty may be performed. Vertebroplasty involves using X-rays for guidance to inject a special cement mixture through a hollow needle into the fractured bone.

Some patients experience immediate pain relief, while most people report their pain is gone or significantly better within 48 hours of having their kyphoplasty in Atlanta at Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital.

Preparing for Your Kyphoplasty Procedure

Because kyphoplasty is performed under local anesthesia, you should plan to have someone drive you home after your procedure. Do not take any blood thinners or aspirin three days prior to your procedure. Be sure to ask your physician about any medications you are taking or any questions your might have about your procedure. Do not eat or drink anything four to six hours before your procedure. The procedure usually takes less than one hour and may require an overnight hospital stay as determined by your doctor.

After Your Kyphoplasty Procedure

You should rest after you get home for six to eight hours before resuming normal activities. After your kyphoplasty procedure, your nurse will give you any other after-care instructions.

Use these preparation and care instructions as a guide. A detailed report will be sent to your physician, who will share the results with you.

Scheduling and Directions

Your physician will contact Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital to schedule your kyphoplasty procedure for you.

If your kyphoplasty will be performed at Emory Decatur Hospital, you will need to go to the hospital’s central registration area.

  • From North Decatur Road, enter the hospital campus via Wash Lively Road.
  • At road end, turn right. (Note: If you are in a wheelchair or need to be dropped off at the entrance, turn left and proceed to the Central Registration patient drop-off which is on the right just past the main hospital entrance. Your driver should then turn around and continue to the Visitor/Patient parking deck.)
  • At stop sign, turn left and park in the Visitor/Patient parking deck.
  • Take any elevator or stairs to the 3rd level.
  • Proceed to the Pedestrian Bridge to the hospital.
  • Take bridge straight ahead to the escalators.
  • Take escalators down one level.
  • Once off escalators, turn right and immediately left and follow the directions to the hospital main lobby.
  • Proceed past the hospital Gift Shop on your right.
  • Once in the main lobby, follow the hallway to Central Registration.
  • At the end of hallway, turn left.
  • Central Registration is on the right.

If your procedure is being performed at Emory Hillandale Hospital, go to the hospital’s registration area.

  • Park in the hospital parking lot.
  • Proceed to the main entrance of the hospital.
  • Registration is directly on the right – you must register before proceeding to the Imaging Department.
  • When you have completed registration, a staff member will direct you to the Imaging Department for your procedure.

Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient diagnostic procedures using nuclear medicine in Atlanta. Nuclear medicine procedures use very small amounts of radioactive materials and a special imaging machine to create and display a picture showing the condition of bone or other body organs. The nuclear medicine procedure is safe and painless. The radioactive material is introduced into your body orally or through an injection, and disappears from your system in one to two days. The nuclear medicine exams are useful in viewing the function of the bone, gallbladder, heart, liver or thyroid.

The most common exams that are performed in nuclear medicine in Atlanta at Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital are:

  • Biliary Studies — to assess the function of the gallbladder.
  • Bone Scans — used to detect bone growth, fractures, tumors, infection of the bone and its blood supply.
  • Renal Studies — used to assess the anatomy, function and blood supply to the kidney.
  • Thyroid Studies — to examine the function of the thyroid gland which may be over or under active or enlarged.
  • Cardiac Studies — used to assess the blood flow to the heart and check for coronary artery disease.

Another type of nuclear medicine in Atlanta at Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital involves a nuclear stress test, which may be performed to measure blood flow to your heart muscle at rest and during stress. This nuclear medicine test is performed similar to a routine exercise stress test but provides images in addition to electrocardiograms. This nuclear medicine test usually includes a heart scan, injection of the radioactive material while you are exercising and another scan one to two hours after exercise.

A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images from your nuclear medicine test and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician. Your primary care or referring physician will share the results of your nuclear medicine test with you.

Preparing for Your Nuclear Medicine Procedure

You should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your nuclear medicine procedure. There are different preparation instructions depending on the type of scan you are having. You will be given specific instructions on what to do to prepare for your scan when your procedure is scheduled. The following general information will help you understand what to expect during your nuclear medicine procedure.

The first step in having a nuclear medicine procedure is for a radioactive isotope to be introduced into your body. This may be done in several ways:

  • Through an IV needle into a vein, usually in the hand or inside of the elbow.
  • Ingestion by swallowing a radioactive capsule or pill.
  • Subcutaneous which is just under the skin

Based on the type of nuclear medicine exam you are having, a certain period of time must pass after the isotope has gotten into your body. This is usually a few hours, although it can be one day for some exams .There are no side effects from the radioactive material that is in your body, and it is safe to be around other people.

You then will be taken into the exam room and asked to lie on a padded table that is guided under the camera. The technologist will position you to obtain a series of images. It is very important that you are completely still so the camera can obtain quality images for interpretation. The average imaging time is usually less than one hour, although some nuclear medicine tests require more than an hour, and in some cases, more than one visit.

After Your Nuclear Medicine Procedure

As soon as the images have been reviewed by the technologist for quality you can leave and resume your normal activities and diet as directed by your physician. The radiologist who performed your nuclear medicine procedure will advise your physician as to the finding of the test. Your physician will follow up with you about the results of your nuclear medicine procedure.

Scheduling and Directions

Your physician will contact Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital to schedule your nuclear medicine procedure for you. If your physician has placed the medical orders for your specific procedure, you can call 404.501.2660 to schedule your procedure at your convenience.

If your procedure is at Emory Decatur Hospital, go to the hospital’s central registration area.

  • From North Decatur Road, enter the hospital campus via Wash Lively Road.
  • At road end, turn right. (Note: If you are in a wheelchair or need to be dropped off at the entrance, turn left and proceed to the Central Registration patient drop-off which is on the right just past the main hospital entrance. Your driver should then turn around and continue to the Visitor/Patient parking deck.)
  • At stop sign, turn left and park in the Visitor/Patient parking deck.
  • Take any elevator or stairs to the 3rd level.
  • Proceed to the Pedestrian Bridge to the hospital.
  • Take bridge straight ahead to the escalators.
  • Take escalators down one level.
  • Once off escalators, turn right and immediately left and follow the directions to the hospital main lobby.
  • Proceed past the hospital Gift Shop on your right.
  • Once in the main lobby, follow the hallway to Central Registration.
  • At the end of hallway, turn left.
  • Central Registration is on the right.

If your nuclear medicine procedure will be performed at the Imaging Center at Emory Decatur Hospital:

  • From North Decatur Road, enter the hospital campus via Wash Lively Road.
  • The Diagnostic Imaging Center is on the left.
  • Parking is on the left in front of the center and is free for all Imaging Center patients.
  • If your procedure is being performed at Emory Hillandale Hospital, go to the hospital’s registration area.

    • Park in the hospital parking lot.
    • Proceed to the main entrance of the hospital.
    • Registration is directly on the right – you must register before proceeding to the Imaging Department.
    • When you have completed registration, a staff member will direct you to the Imaging Department for your nuclear medicine procedure.

    Emory Decatur Hospital offers PET/CT scan in Atlanta, a technology that combines PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT (Computer Tomography) scanning capabilities to further improve the information gained from the positron emission topography test. This combined positron emission topography test allows the radiologist to determine not only what cancer is present, but also the exact location of the cancer.

    A PET/CT scan often can detect cancer that other imaging tests are unable to detect by showing both the chemical function and structure of an organ or tissue. It uses a small of radioactive material to reveal how your tissues and organs are functioning. It is extremely sensitive for detecting early stages of diseases such as cancer because small amounts of tumor may be found, even when they can’t be detected by other imaging procedures.

    A PET/CT scan in Atlanta at Emory Decatur Hospital also can help monitor the effectiveness of treatment for your particular diagnosis or disease. In addition to cancer, a PET/CT scan also is useful in detecting neurological programs and heart disease, among other conditions.

    The procedure begins with an injection of a very small amount of radioactive-labeled glucose. The amount of radiation received is no more than with a nuclear medicine procedure. There are no known side effects caused by the material. It takes approximately one hour for the injected material to circulate throughout the body. The scan lasts about 20-30 minutes and involves lying on a table which passes through the scanner.

    When you have a PET/CT scan in Atlanta at Emory Decatur Hospital, a radiologist with special training in nuclear medicine will interpret the images from your PET/CT scan. The results of the PET/CT scan then are sent to your referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.

    Preparing for Your PET/CT Procedure

    You should not eat or drink anything other than water for six to eight hours before your PET/CT scan. Do not take any prescribed medications unless your physician instructs you otherwise. If you are diabetic, you will receive special instructions on how to prepare for your PET/CT scan.

    You should not exercise for 24 hours before your scan. You will be given barium sulfate to drink two hours before your scan time. Dress comfortably because you will be asked to lie down on the imaging table for pictures. Also, remove your jewelry, dentures and any other objects that might include metal. The Emory Decatur Hospital scheduling office will contact you with more detailed instructions about your scan.

    Before you have your PET/CT scan, you will receive an injection of a very small amount of radioactive chemical, which is absorbed in most cancerous cells and has no known side effects. It takes about one hour for the material to circulate through your body.

    Your PET/CT scan will begin with an injection of a very small amount of radioactive-labeled glucose. The amount of radiation received is no more than with a nuclear medicine procedure. There are no known side effects caused by the material. It takes approximately 90 minutes for the injected material to circulate throughout the body. The PET/CT scan lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and involves lying on a table which passes through the scanner.

    After Your PET/CT Scan

    You can resume your normal diet and daily activities after your PET/CT scan. Drink plenty of fluids to help remove the radioactive substance from your body. The radiologist who performed your procedure will advise your physician as to the findings of the test. Your physician will follow up with you about the results of your PET/CT scan.

    Scheduling and Directions

    Your physician will contact DeKalb Medical to schedule your PET/CT scan for you.

    Your PET/CT scan will be performed at the Imaging Center at Emory Decatur Hospital,

    • From North Decatur Road, enter the hospital campus via Wash Lively Road.
    • The Diagnostic Imaging Center is on the left.
    • Parking is on the left in front of the center and is free for all Imaging Center patients.

    A port is a device that allows an easy and reliable way to give you medicine through your veins and take blood samples from your veins. A port is inserted to help patients who need frequent intravenous medicines or blood draws. Patients who have ports often say they are relieved that they do not have to be stuck over and over again to find their veins.

    The port is implanted under the chest skin. It is about a half inch think and about the size of a quarter. A flexible piece of tubing is connected to it. This tubing is tunneled under the skin to an area near the neck where it enters a vein. The center of the port is made of a tough, self-sealing, rubber-like material that can be punctured through the chest skin with a special needle many times. This is called “accessing” the port. Once the medications are no longer needed, the needle is withdrawn from the port, which remains under the skin. Each time the port is punctured with a needle, it instantly reseals.

    Preparing for your Port Procedure

    You should have someone drive you home after the procedure. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your test. Do not take any blood thinners or aspirin three days prior to your procedure. Be sure to ask your physician about any medications you are taking or any questions your might have about your procedure.

    You may resume your normal diet and activities after your port is placed. If you need pain medicine after you go home, contact your doctor.

    Scheduling and Directions

    We insert ports in Atlanta at Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital.

    If your procedure will be performed at Emory Decatur Hospital, you will need to go to the hospital’s central registration area.

    • From North Decatur Road, enter the hospital campus via Wash Lively Road.
    • At road end, turn right. (Note: If you are in a wheelchair or need to be dropped off at the entrance, turn left and proceed to the Central Registration patient drop-off which is on the right just past the main hospital entrance. Your driver should then turn around and continue to the Visitor/Patient parking deck.)
    • At stop sign, turn left and park in the Visitor/Patient parking deck.
    • Take any elevator or stairs to the 3rd level.
    • Proceed to the Pedestrian Bridge to the hospital.
    • Take bridge straight ahead to the escalators.
    • Take escalators down one level.
    • Once off escalators, turn right and immediately left and follow the directions to the hospital main lobby.
    • Proceed past the hospital Gift Shop on your right.
    • Once in the main lobby, follow the hallway to Central Registration.
    • At the end of hallway, turn left.
    • Central Registration is on the right.

    If your procedure is being performed at Emory Hillandale Hospital, go to the hospital’s registration area.

    • Park in the hospital parking lot.
    • Proceed to the main entrance of the hospital.
    • Registration is directly on the right – you must register before proceeding to the Imaging Department.
    • When you have completed registration, a staff member will direct you to the Imaging Department.

    Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital offer radiofrequency ablation, a treatment that uses radio waves to create heat which is directed though a needle probe to cancer cells to destroy tumors. Radiofrequncy ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure.

    Because of this and its ability to create heat in a specific location, RFA is a good treatment choice for patients with many types of cancer. RFA also has proven to be an excellent alternative for many patients who have not been able to have surgery or other cancer therapy, or who have tried other cancer treatments that have not been effective. The treatment is used not only to help treat cancer, but also to ease pain in cancer patients, treat tumors that recur and treat some non-cancerous conditions. It is also used to treat certain heart conditions.

    RFA and Liver Tumors

    One of the cancers treated most often with RFA is cancer of the liver. In many cases, removing the tumor with surgery would not leave enough healthy tissue for the liver to continue to function. Liver tumors that spread from cancers that started somewhere else in the body also are good candidates for RFA. In some cases, a previous attempt to treat the tumor, such as with chemotherapy, did not work and RFA is the next option. RFA also might be used to treat a tumor that has come back.

    RFA and Lung Tumors

    Some patients with lung cancer are too ill to have conventional surgery, or they want to avoid the long recovery and possible complications of surgery. Although RFA once was thought useful only for early, small lung cancers, research has shown that it also safely and effectively treats advanced lung cancer. The technique may be used to treat cancer that has spread to the lung. Physicians may use RFA to remove most of a tumor that is too large to remove with surgery.

    RFA and Kidney Tumors

    Many patients with kidney tumors have surgery, but some patients only have one kidney. For those patients, RFA is the preferred treatment since it helps spare the individual’s only kidney. As with other organs, RFA is an excellent alternative for patients who have conditions that might prevent them from having surgery or for whom recovery from surgery would be difficult. RFA for kidney (renal) cancer is an excellent choice for patients with more than one tumor, if the tumors are smaller than about 4 to 5 centimeters.

    RFA and Bone Cancer and Pain

    Usually, RFA for bone cancer is not used to treat the cancer. It is used to relieve the pain associated with bone cancer. Physicians also may use RFA to relieve pain associated with other cancers by shrinking a tumor that is causing pain, particularly when the tumor has not responded to other treatments or cannot be reached or treated with surgery.

    Preparing for Radiofrequency Ablation

    You should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your radiofrequency ablation procedure. If you take medications, your doctor will tell you which ones you can take the morning of your procedure. You will be admitted to the hospital on the day of your test. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that causes little or no pain and is done under anesthesia.

    After Your Radiofrequency Ablation

    When you are ready to go home, your nurse will give you any after-care instructions including any restrictions on activities. Patients who have RFA typically can resume normal activities in a few days. The radiologist who performed your procedure will advise your physician as to the outcome of the test. Your physician will follow up with you about the results of your procedure.

    Scheduling and Directions

    Your physician will contact Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital to schedule your radiofrequency ablation for you.

    If your procedure is at Emory Decatur Hospital, go to the hospital’s central registration area.

    • From North Decatur Road, enter the hospital campus via Wash Lively Road.
    • At road end, turn right. (Note: If you are in a wheelchair or need to be dropped off at the entrance, turn left and proceed to the Central Registration patient drop-off which is on the right just past the main hospital entrance. Your driver should then turn around and continue to the Visitor/Patient parking deck.)
    • At stop sign, turn left and park in the Visitor/Patient parking deck.
    • Take any elevator or stairs to the 3rd level.
    • Proceed to the Pedestrian Bridge to the hospital.
    • Take bridge straight ahead to the escalators.
    • Take escalators down one level.
    • Once off escalators, turn right and immediately left and follow the directions to the hospital main lobby.
    • Proceed past the hospital Gift Shop on your right.
    • Once in the main lobby, follow the hallway to Central Registration.
    • At the end of hallway, turn left.
    • Central Registration is on the right.

    If your procedure is being performed at Emory Hillandale Hospital, go to the hospital’s registration area.

    • Park in the hospital parking lot.
    • Proceed to the main entrance of the hospital.
    • Registration is directly on the right – you must register before proceeding to the Imaging Department.
  • When you have completed registration, a staff member will direct you to the Imaging Department for your procedure.
  • Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital perform a vertebroplasty procedure, a minimally invasive treatment that can repair spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis , cancer or benign lesions. When a vertebra fractures, the usual rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed and distorted, causing pain.

    In the vertebroplasty technique, a needle is inserted through the skin and into the crushed vertebra. A special bone cement is injected into the bone to stabilize it. Vertebroplasty is performed under local anesthesia. Vertebroplasty typically is recommended after simpler treatments such as bed rest, a back brace or pain medication have been ineffective or when medications begin to cause other problems.

    A similar procedure to the vertebroplasty technique, known as kyphoplasty, may be performed. Kyphoplasty involves the use of special othopaedic balloons to lift and restore the shape of the fractured bone before the cement is inserted into the bone. It is most often used when the fractures are caused by osteoporosis.

    After their vertebroplasty procedure, some patients experience immediate pain relief, while most people report their pain is gone or significantly better within 48 hours.

    Preparing for Your Vertebroplasty Procedure

    You should plan to have someone drive you home after your vertebroplasty procedure. Do not take any blood thinners or aspirin three days prior to your procedure. Be sure to ask your physician about any medications you are taking or any questions your might have about your procedure.

    Do not eat or drink anything four to six hours before your procedure. The procedure usually takes less than one hour and may require an overnight hospital stay as determined by your doctor.

    After Your Vertebroplasty Procedure

    You should rest after you get home for six to eight hours before resuming normal activities. After your vertebroplasty procedure, your nurse will give you any other after-care instructions. Use these preparation and care instructions as a guide. A detailed report will be sent to your physician, who will share the results with you.

    Scheduling and Directions

    Your physician will contact Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital to schedule your vertebroplasty procedure for you.

    If your vertebroplasty will be performed at Emory Decatur Hospital, you will need to go to the hospital’s central registration area.

    • From North Decatur Road, enter the hospital campus via Wash Lively Road.
    • At road end, turn right. (Note: If you are in a wheelchair or need to be dropped off at the entrance, turn left and proceed to the Central Registration patient drop-off which is on the right just past the main hospital entrance. Your driver should then turn around and continue to the Visitor/Patient parking deck.)
    • At stop sign, turn left and park in the Visitor/Patient parking deck.
    • Take any elevator or stairs to the 3rd level.
    • Proceed to the Pedestrian Bridge to the hospital.
    • Take bridge straight ahead to the escalators.
    • Take escalators down one level.
    • Once off escalators, turn right and immediately left and follow the directions to the hospital main lobby.
    • Proceed past the hospital Gift Shop on your right.
    • Once in the main lobby, follow the hallway to Central Registration.
    • At the end of hallway, turn left.
    • Central Registration is on the right.

    If your procedure is being performed at Emory Hillandale Hospital, go to the hospital’s registration area.

  • Park in the hospital parking lot.
  • Proceed to the main entrance of the hospital.
  • Registration is directly on the right – you must register before proceeding to the Imaging Department.
  • When you have completed registration, a staff member will direct you to the Imaging Department for your procedure.
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