- The biliary tree lies within the liver and transports bile from the liver to the bowel.
- Any blockage in the biliary tree may cause jaundice.
- Jaundice is a term used to describe the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. It's caused by a build-up of a substance called bilirubin in the blood and body's tissues.
- Some of the causes of jaundice may be caused by cancer or a tumour. These include primary or secondary liver cancer, and pancreatic cancer.
- The most common signs of jaundice are:
- yellowing of the skin, eyes and the lining of the inside of parts of the body, such as the mouth and nose (mucus membrane)
- pale-coloured stools
- dark-coloured urine
- Some types of cancer can cause a blockage in the biliary tree. Our interventional consultant radiologists can help relieve jaundice by inserting a stent into the liver.
- The stent is inserted under X-ray guidance. A fine wire is passed into the liver until it reaches the blockage. Images are then taken delineating the blockage. A stent is passed down the wire until it is in the right position. The stent is then deployed and the position confirmed with an X-ray.
- X-ray dye is then instilled to ensure the blockage has opened.
Why choose to have a biliary intervention procedure with Christie Oncology Imaging?
Christie Oncology Imaging has extensive experience in biliary intervention procedures and our consultants have a strong reputation as leaders in the field of oncology intervention. Many of our consultants are world renowned experts in different areas of oncology imaging and have published and lectured extensively. We pride ourselves on achieving the highest possible standards in imaging, with the attention to detail and expertise required to do the very best for our patients.
How do I pay for my biliary intervention procedure?
We welcome both insured and self-pay patients