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SIR 2019: Interventional radiologists could help treat ischemic stroke patients
Interventional radiologists could help alleviate an acute shortage of trained physicians and specialized facilities throughout the world needed to treat stroke patients. A training program initiated by Johns Hopkins with a Maryland community hospital was a topic of major interest at the 2019 Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting

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SIR 2019: Transcatheter arterial embolization: a non-surgical treatment for tennis elbow
Transcatheter arterial embolization is an effective non-surgical treatment for lateral epicondylitis, or “tennis elbow.” Yuji Okuno, MD, PhD, director of the Okuno Clinic in Tokyo, presented findings of a prospective study of 52 patients that demonstrated TAE improved tendinosis and tear scores in the majority of them.


SIR 2019: Virtual reality could replace fluoroscopy for catheter image guidance
Immersive virtual reality using real-time, 3D images of the interior of a patient’s blood vessels could eventually replace conventional fluoroscopy for guiding catheterization, according to University of Washington researchers presenting at the SIR annual meeting.

Ultrasound-guided paracentesis by radiologists is safe procedure
When radiologists perform paracentesis with real-time color Doppler ultrasound guidance, the procedure has minimal risk of hemorrhage or other complications according to research published in the February issue of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.


MRI protocol for diagnosing pediatric appendicitis
MRI is recommended for diagnosis of suspected appendicitis in children when ultrasound is non-diagnostic or equivocal, but there is no uniformly accepted protocol for this exam. Radiologists at the New York University School of Medicine evaluated the diagnostic capability of a single contrast-enhanced gradient recalled echo sequence compared to two other protocols using multiple sequences.


SIR establishes GEMS travel grant
The Society of Interventional Radiology announced the establishment of the Grants for Education of Medical Students (GEMS) Program at its 2019 annual meeting in Austin, TX. The program, which aims to support diversity provides travel grants for medical students participating in a visiting clerkship in interventional radiology outside of their home institution.

SIR honors outstanding interventional radiologists at 2019 meeting
The Society of Interventional Radiologists opened its six-day annual scientific meeting in Austin, TX, by presenting awards for outstanding achievement, research, and philanthropy. The organization’s highest honor, the SIR Gold Medal, acknowledging distinguished and extraordinary service to interventional radiology and/or the society, was awarded to three leading academic radiologists: Alan H. Matsumoto, MD; Daniel Picus, MD; and James B. Spies, MD.

Canon debuts new CT, MR software, US transducer at ECR 2019
New Bayer CT injector introduced at ECR 2019
iSchemaView launches RAPID ANGIO neuroimaging software with Siemens
Pulmonary embolism AI tool from Aidoc obtains CE Mark
FDA clears Sonavex EchoSure portable ultrasound
Kheiron Medical launches AI breast cancer screening software at ECR
Siemens debuts cardiovascular CT at ACC annual meeting
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