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On the treatment day you will have another angiogram.
This angiogram is usually quicker than the pre-treatment angiogram because the doctor has already identified the best place for the positioning of the catheter.
Once the catheter placement is confirmed, the SIRT can be conducted. This takes about 15-20 minutes and the entire procedure lasts approximately 1 hour from beginning to end.
You will not need an anaesthetic, but you will be given a sedative to help you relax as well as pain relief and anti-sickness medication if you need it.
After the SIR-Spheres Y-90 resin microspheres have been delivered, the catheter is removed. A small dressing will be placed over the cut in the groin and pressure has to be applied to the site for 10-15 minutes. For about 6-8 hours you have to lie still to prevent bleeding.
You will have another scintigraphy scan (Bremsstrahlung scan) after the treatment to confirm the placement of the microspheres into your liver.
After the procedure, you will be monitored for a few hours to enable the treatment team to determine whether you have any side effects or complications that require additional medication. Depending on local radiation protection guidelines and local regulations, you can have SIRT as an outpatient or you might need to stay for at least 1 night to 48 hours.