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Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi is located in the national capital of India, is an apex medical institute in the country providing tertiary level health care in hepatic, pancreatic, biliary & liver transplant. The Institute serves a local population of 15 million and draws patients from all over the country and neighboring countries as well.
Abdominal and hepatobiliary imaging is a rapidly changing and developing field, with the advent of multispectral CT and 3Tesla MRI at the hem of current paradigms of diagnostic radiological algorithms. The recent advances in the field of Doppler and contrast ultrasound as well as fluoroscopy for various CT and MRI guided procedures have taken this super specialized branch under its folds.
The maximum workload of patients in any Radiology department, today, is from gastroenterology, Hepatology, hepato-biliary surgery and body imaging related clinical issues. However there is a dirth of sub specialized institutes imparting skills specific to abdominal and body imaging. In addition there are limited opportunities as radiologist to learn skills for transplant imaging. There is an increasing demand and requirement for specialist radiologists to support these services. Training in a specialized field to various radiology graduates would thus be helpful in developing the mentioned skills. An abdominal radiologist constitutes an important team member of the transplant team to monitor patients in the pre, intra and post transplant period.
The Department of Radiology and Interventional Radiology provides comprehensive imaging services, research and teaching under the banner of ILBS and is one of its kinds, in the country to be solely dedicated to the subspecialty of hepatobiliary radiology. The department is actively involved in Transplant imaging support to liver and renal transplant programs. ILBS employs more than 10-certified radiologists specializing in abdominal imaging and performs more than 60,000 imaging exams annually at the hospital.
Provide excellent-quality, radiation safe and cost effective care to patients through medical imaging.
Integrate imaging into research for further advancement of technology and improved clinical benefits.
Pass on the torch of knowlegde and experience gained in the field of imaging through teaching programmes
The department boasts of high-quality patient care with world class equipment and highly trained specialists. In addition, the department continues to play a key role in advancing the state of the art in imaging technologies including CT (computed tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging),X-Ray (radiography) and ultrasound, as well as invasive, image-guided vascular and non vascular interventional procedures.
Diagnostic abdominal imaging
Vascular imaging and intervention
Non vascular imaging and intervention
General diagnostic radiology ( involving neurological, renal, thoracic , pediatric , emergency and cardiothoracic imaging)
As an integral part of one of the nation's premiere academic institute's, teaching is an essential part of the department. Our intensive, highly sought-after post graduate diploma certified course provides budding abdominal radiologists with advanced, specialized trainingin intervention and diagnostic hepatobiliary radiology. In addition, the department offers short term visitor's training programmes that attract radiologists from across the world.
The radiology department also helps to advance the quality of clinical practice while sowing the seeds for future life-saving breakthroughs. Departmental research is being conducted in the fields of newer invasive interventional techniques for tumour ablation, embolization and biliary stenting. In addition, new techniques involving spectral CT, 3Tesla MRI (MR spectroscopy, MR Elastography), contrast ultrasonography are being conducted in the diagnostic wing. In addition, the department also supports
clinical trials and drug development as well imaging for other clinical specialties and liver transplant surgery advancements.
Diagnostic Radiology Services Offered
The Diagnostic Division is comprised of four unique sections: computed tomography (CT), conventional radiography and procedures, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound. The interventional set up comprises of one of the finest laboratory in the country catering to both vascular and non vascular procedures. Cutting-edge, fully digital, multimodal technological resources are used to provide the following services:
4 outpatient Ultrasound units with 1 unit dedicated to contrast ultrasonography
3 portable Ultrasound units
High end Ultrasound unit dedicated to the transplant programme
One (3-tesla) MRI
One Multispectral 64 slice CT scanner with Gem stone Imaging
3 Digital Radiography units with flat-panel detectors
Fluoroscopy suite with C-arm and flat-panel detector for flouoroscopic guided procedures
DEXA – whole body as well as dedicated hip, spine & wrist bone density scanner equipped with rotating C arm and facility for animal model research
3D Imaging - The 3D imaging service of the Radiology department takes data from cross-sectional CT (computerized tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) studies and produces life-like spatial views of body systems through the Myrian software, especially utilized in transplant realted imaging.
Our department supports the full spectrum of imaging-related services in support of clinical trials.
Balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration of varices (BRTO)
All of the diagnostic and interventional radiology services are supported by the latest hospital informatics and PACS capabilities. These technologies are a part of the Radiology Department's commitment to offer the best care and technology for patients and fellow physicians. Pioneering work in the diagnosis and treatment of liver and biliary disorders and all procedures performed in sophisticated imaging and interventional suites are just some of the hallmarks of our department.
To list a few, our section of Interventional Radiology specializes in the following procedures:
Balloon-Occluded Retrograde Transvenous Obliteration (BRTO): Since its introduction in the mid-1990s, balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) has become widely accepted in countries such as Japan as a minimally invasive, highly effective treatment for gastric varices. It is an effective treatment option for portal-systemic encephalopathy secondary extrahepatic portal-systemic shunts, including gastro-renal, spleno-renal, and mesenteric-renal shunts in patients with and without liver cirrhosis. Although, its use in India is not widely popular, ILBS is amongst the very few centers where the procedure is being frequently performed with excellent clinical outcomes. The multidisciplinary team at ILBS consisting of the Hepatologist and Interventional Radiologists is proud to have performed one of the highest number of BRTO procedures in the country.
Trans-Jugular Intra-hepatic Porto-systemic Shunt (TIPS): TIPS is a procedure wherein an interventional radiologist creates an artificial channel within the liver between the inflow portal vein and the outflow hepatic vein so as to treat portal hypertension associated with unrelenting GI-bleed or ascites. This procedure becomes life saving in the setting of uncontrolled variceal bleed.
The procedure requires high expertise and is being performed at meager number of institutes across the country. However, we are fortunate to have performed 31 procedures in the year 2012 with majority of patients showing good post procedural results. Of these, 15 of them were performed on an emergency basis as a life-saving procedure to arrest catastrophic upper GI bleed from gastro-esophageal varices in patient with liver cirrhosis.
Trans-arterial chemo Embolization (TACE): TACE is a treatment that combines the blocking (embolisation) of the blood supply to liver tumor with an embolic material (with lipiodol or drug-eluting microspheres DE-beads) and delivery of chemotherapy directly into the blood vessels which supply the liver tumour. Even in cases where chemoembolization is not curative, this approach may relieve a patient's symptoms and extend survival. We performed TACE in 62 patients in the past 12 months.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): Interventional radiology techniques of applying heat to tumors as a means of killing cancer cells is been in clinical use since past couple of years. However, this type of treatment, called tumor ablation, is a relatively new technique for opening biliary stents which get blocked by tumor in-growth. This novel and innovative technology is now being routinely performed at ILBS and has been shown to offer promising palliative results for treating advanced biliary cancer (cholangiocarcinoma).
All of the diagnostic and interventional radiology services are supported by the latest hospital informatics and PACS capabilities. These technologies are a part of the Radiology Department’s commitment to offer the best care and technology for patients and fellow physicians.
Hepatic vein / IVC recanlization in Budd chiari syndrome
Splenic artery embolization
RFA (Radio-freqency ablation)
Other miscellaneous vascular procedures
Other non vascular procedures (PCD, FNA, Biopsy)
Renal plasty/ stenting
Pre and post intervention USG
New Services and Facilities added
World class Myrian French liver volumetry software was incorporated into existing MDCT and MRCP scans, to provide MEVIS like in-house reformats for the liver transplant workup. On site training at Paris was also given to faculty regarding operations of the same.
World class liver volumetry software Myrian™ XP-Liver uses unique segmentation algorithms to isolate entire hepatic vascular systems, healthy parenchyma and lesions and calculate their volume with high precision. It generates highly accurate, dependable and reproducible measurements, as well as three-dimensional images which facilitate interdepartmental communication. This software has set new standards in decision-making for living donor liver transplant surgery and interventional radiology procedures.
Liver volumetry software Myrian™ XP-Liver uses unique segmentation algorithms to isolate entire hepatic vascular systems, healthy parenchyma and lesions and calculate their volume with high precision. It generates highly accurate, dependable and reproducible measurements, as well as three-dimensional images which facilitate interdepartmental communication. This software has set new standards in decision-making for living donor liver transplant surgery and interventional radiology procedures.
3D reconstrcuctions for evaluating the liver anatomy and volume rendered image for pre transplant evaluation as shown below:
This procedure was introduced in the mid-1990s in Japan and is being practiced mostly in Asian subcontinent. It is a minimally invasive, highly effective treatment for gastric varices. It is an effective treatment option for portal-systemic encephalopathy secondary to extrahepatic portalsystemic shunts. Although, its use in India is not widely popular, ILBS is amongst the very few centers where the procedure is being frequently performed with excellent clinical outcomes. The multidisciplinary team at ILBS consisting of the Hepatologist and Interventional Radiologists is proud to have performed one of the highest number of BRTO procedures in the country.
Per-cutaneous trans hepatic antegrade gastro/lienorenal shunt occlusion:Large spontaneous porto-systemic shunts in the setting of liver cirrhosis may sometimes lead to recurrent severe hepatic encephalopathy. Patients who do not respond to medical management require closure of these shunts. Patients with complex venous vascular anatomy may require percutaneous access of portal vein and further cannulation of the shunt and closure of the same. A rare and challenging procedure which our team has succesfully performed in few cases.
Transjugular renal biopsy: Renal biopsy is one of the most important invstigation for a nephrologist to determine appropriate therapy. However percutaneous biopsy may be risky in patients with low platelet count and increased prothrombin time (specially in patients with liver cirrhosis) and in such cases biopsy may be safely performed via jugular route. Our institute is amongst few to initiate and perform this procedure on regular basis.
Courses Offered :
This abdominal imaging PDCC program is in accordance with the mandate of the Institute “in developing patterns of teaching in postgraduate medical education in as many branches as possible and to provide specialists in several disciplines of medicine”. The main objective of the course would be to develop an interest in abdominal imaging and facilitate learning in terms of establishing research oriented diagnostic algorithms in hepatobiliary imaging.
Name of the course
Number of candidate admitted
Number of candidate Passed Out (Year 2015))
PDCC in Diagnostic and Hepato Biliary Interventional
PDCC in Abdominal Imaging
PDCC in Abdominal Imaging (course duration = 1 year)
The educational program will provide:
A broad understanding of abdominal radiology including transplant imaging
The diagnostic techniques required in the practice of hepatobiliary and abdominal radiology
Understanding of the areas detailed in the curriculum
Knowledge of specialist areas in hepatology and HPB surgery related diagnostic radiology correlation
The communication skills required for the practice of abdominal radiology and the teaching skills necessary for effective practice in a hospital setting as well as stand alone diagnostic centre
Experience of research and development
The acquisition of life-long habits of reading, literature searches, consultation with colleagues, attendance at scientific meetings and the presentation of scientific work that are essential for continuing professional development
Eligibility: MD / DMRD / DNB Radiology or equivalent postgraduate qualification recognized under IMC Act 1956. The candidate would be required to clear the selection interview as per format of the Institute.
Existence of similar course elsewhere: None
Daily work rounds and weekly clinical conferences are held in the department. Biweekly morning conferences are given for the benefit of all clinicians and radiologists in the Institute. Each section contains an extensive teaching file.
Residents participate in the functions of the various specialized sections of the department, newer radiological techniques, and the operation of state-of-the-art imaging modalities.
Specific educational opportunities include:
Observation of Spectral CT protocols for Liver, Pancreatic protocols
Transplant imaging of Liver and kidney
Doppler in the liver transplant ICU
MR protocols for liver, pancreas and biliary system
Evaluation of focal and diffuse liver diseases on MRI
Introduction to MR Elastography and spectroscopy
Participation in review of daily case material
Review sessions with the faculty
Possible involvement in clinical research and publications
Attending departmental and interdepartmental conferences
Understand the most recent technologic advances and the diagnostic capabilities of CT, MRI and Ultrasound
Establish criteria for patient selection and the appropriate protocols for use of each modality.
Incorporate both established and newer techniques into their radiological practice
Learn the latest advances in specialized techniques such as MR/CT angiography, MR Cholangiopancreatography, hepatocyte specific contrast usage in MRI etc.