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Meet Dr. Sean T. O’Brien
Friday, February 24, 2012 03:20 PM

Sean O'Brien, M.D.Undergraduate: State University of New York at Binghampton
Doctor of Medicine: University of Buffalo School of Biomedical Science, 1986
Residency in Radiology, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, 1990
Certified, American Board of Radiology
Advanced Certification: Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Specialty: Interventional Radiology

Dr. Sean O'Brien was born and raised in New York City, and attended college and medical school in upstate New York, graduating from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1986. He trained as an interventional radiologist at the University of Miami, and has been in private practice for over 22 years, working in major medical centers in Miami, Milwaukee and Atlanta. He has been the section head of Interventional Radiology at EJGH since 2008. "As an interventional radiologist, I'm continually excited about the potential of using cutting-edge technology to perform minimally invasive procedures. We offer patients safer alternatives to surgery in many instances, with quicker recovery time," notes O'Brien.

Last Updated on Thursday, November 08, 2012 09:19 AM
EJGH Radiology Department Installs State of the Art Angiography Suites
Friday, February 24, 2012 03:09 PM

The two new Siemens Artis zee angiography suites installed in the EJGH radiology department provide the high quality images necessary for today's complex interventional procedures. "The new biplane and single plane flat panels produce much higher resolution images with lower radiation exposure than the older systems they replaced," notes Dr. Charlie Sandoz, interventional radiologist. "With the dose-reduction enhancements, we are convinced that our patients will achieve better clinical results, especially during complex procedures." These unique state-of-the-art systems deliver lower radiation dose by a number of different methods, including CAREvision, which is variable rate pulsed fluoroscopy, CAREguard, a means of controlling skin dose, CAREfilter, in which a variable lead filter is automatically set according to the current transparency of the object, and CAREprofile, radiation-free adjustment of collimators. Thanks to these features, the contrast dose and the overall length of the procedure are also reduced.

Last Updated on Friday, February 24, 2012 03:12 PM
Meet Ricky Arbuckle, Director of Radiology
Friday, February 24, 2012 03:03 PM

Ricky ArbuckleRicky Arbuckle brings to East Jefferson 30 years healthcare experience. Serving as the EJGH Director of Radiology since 2009, Ricky has 11 years managerial experience in radiology. His vision is to move the EJGH Radiology Department forward with the most technologically advanced equipment and expert staff. His philosophy is "take care of the patients; that's why we're here."

Born in Houston, Texas, Ricky moved to New Orleans at an early age, and has lived here ever since. He and his wife Michelle have 3 daughters, ages 26, 25 and 19. He enjoys computers/electronics, woodworking and golf in his free time.

Last Updated on Monday, March 05, 2012 02:59 PM
Interventional Radiology Provides Gastrostomy Tube Placement
Friday, February 24, 2012 03:00 PM

Did you know that EJGH Interventional Radiology offers percutaneous gastrostomy tube placement? Although surgeons and gastroenterologists have traditionally provided gastric/small bowel access, interventional radiologists are able to provide the same access with a high success rate (99%), and few complications. This imaging-guided procedure can be performed safely and comfortably in most patients with minimal anesthesia, making this an attractive alternative to surgical or endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement in high-risk patients. Patients are required to be NPO a minimum of 6 hours prior to the procedure; air insufflated via an NG tube distends the stomach, facilitating identification of the stomach by fluoroscopy or ultrasound. A feeding catheter is placed directly into the stomach, under local anesthesia, via percutaneous abdominal wall puncture. Conversion of a gastrostomy to jejunostomy, or de novo jejunal access is also possible percutaneously, although technically more complex and usually reserved for patients with higher risk of aspiration.

Last Updated on Friday, February 24, 2012 03:01 PM
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