• SIR 2017: PCDT can benefit select patients in treatment of deep vein thrombosis
    The combination of anticoagulant drugs and pharmacomechanical catheter-directed thrombolysis (PCDT) can benefit a select group of patients with acute proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in helping to prevent post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) compared to the use of anticoagulant drugs alone. This finding and other results of the ATTRACT clinical trial were presented at the annual meeting of the 2017 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR).

  • Suspect flank pain? Consider ultrasound for first-line imaging
    CT is the most commonly ordered imaging exam for patients who have symptoms of obstructive nephro-urolithiasis. However, renal ultrasound is suggested as the preferred initial imaging study of choice by University of California San Francisco (UCSF) abdominal radiologists for a patient with flank pain and suspected ureteral stone.

  • SIR 2017: Bariatric arterial embolization - an interventional procedure to reduce severe obesity
    Bariatric arterial embolization (BAE), or transarterial embolization of the left gastric artery, is a new, minimally invasive image-guided procedure to treat severe obesity. Preliminary outcomes of a pilot prospective clinical trial underway at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine show promise that this may become a safe and effective interventional radiology procedure.

  • MRI exams for suspected pediatric appendicitis may not require contrast for majority of patients
    When ultrasound findings are equivocal for pediatric patients with symptoms of acute appendicitis, radiologists are increasingly performing non-ionizing MRI instead of CT. The use of intravenous contrast administration for these MRI scans may not be needed for many patients, according to pediatric radiologists at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.

  • Identifying superior mesenteric venous thrombosis in bariatric surgery patients
    Superior mesenteric venous (SMV) thrombosis is a rare but potentially deadly complication of laparoscopic bariatric surgery. Because many patients present post-surgery with abdominal pain, radiologists need to be knowledgeable of the imaging findings on CT of SMV thrombosis to not overlook this complication. These are described in an article published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomographyem>.

  • Use of gadolinium-based contrast agents in pediatric radiology departments: A 2016 survey
    Gadoterate meglumine is increasing being used by radiology departments in pediatric hospitals, a reaction to concerns about brain gadolinium deposition, according to a survey conducted to assess the current state of gadolinium contrast use. Results of the survey, published in Pediatric Radiology, also suggest that radiologists as well as referring physicians need to become better educated on this subject.

  • International registry established to assess value of non-invasive FFRct
    An international multi-center, prospective registry designed to assess the diagnostic value of integrating Fractional Flow Reserve derived by CT (FFRct) with respect to clinical management of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with stable angina has been established. The Assessing Diagnostic Value of Non-invasive FFRCT in Coronary Care (ADVANCE) Registry is described in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

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