• SIR 2017: Prostate artery embolization is effective alternative to surgery
    Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is known to offer symptom relief to men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Results of a Portuguese study of 1,000 men presented at the 2017 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting shows that BAE maintains its effectiveness for at least three years following treatment. The study is the largest of its kind to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the procedure.

  • Robotic assisted prostate arterial embolization clinically feasible but costly
    Robotic-assisted prostate arterial embolization (PAE) is an option for interventional radiologists that can reduce radiation exposure during the procedure and may potentially help improve technical success rates. Interventional radiologists at the Vascular Institute of Virginia in Woodbridge conducted an analysis comparing manual and robotic procedures and their outcomes, reporting their findings in the March issue of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.

  • 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.

  • CEUS outperforms non-enhanced CT in abdominal/pelvis imaging
    Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is superior to non-enhanced abdominal/pelvis CT in the characterization of focal liver, kidney, and peritoneal pathology, according to the results of a Canadian study published in the Ultrasound Quarterly. These findings are beneficial for patients with limited renal function or renal failure who require abdominal imaging.

  • SIR 2017: Uterine fibroid embolization vastly underutilized, especially in rural U.S.
    Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), an alternative to hysterectomy as a treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids, remains “vastly underutilized” in the United States, according to interventional radiologists from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. In 2012-2013, 167,650 hysterectomies were performed compared to 2,470 UFE procedures. Larger, urban hospital systems perform most UFEs, with rural hospitals performing only 0.5%.

  • SIR 2017: SPG Blockade reported safe, effective migraine headache treatment for children
    Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) blockade is proving to be an effective treatment for migraine headaches in children and takes only minutes for a patient to feel relief, according to new research presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting. This expands SPG blockade as a second-line treatment for pediatric patients that previously had only been used with adults

New Pediatric Case
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