Society of Interventional Radiology, April 13-18, 2013
The annual meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology was held from April 13 to 18 in New Orleans and attracted more than 5,000 participants from around the world, including clinicians, academicians, allied health professionals, and others interested in interventional radiology. The conference highlighted recent advances in disease management and minimally invasive, image-guided therapeutic interventions, with presentations also focusing on improving the health of patients through advances in image-guided therapy.
In one study, Daniel Leung, M.D., of the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del., and colleagues established the feasibility of a minimally invasive endovascular stent approach to treating total occlusion of the arteries that supply the bowel.
"We found that we were able to successfully treat these patients with this approach in the majority of cases and get excellent clinical results," said Leung. "Typically, patients with this type of total occlusion will require surgery. However, many of these patients are not candidates for surgery because of other illnesses or malnourishment. We found that using a minimally invasive endovascular approach was effective and less invasive than performing surgery. We found that this approach is feasible and very effective in this patient population."
In another study, Robert Lookstein, M.D., of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues found that the use of drug-coated stents can help critical limb ischemia patients avoid amputation.
"In a single-center retrospective study of 107 patients, the use of drug-coated stents in the below-knee arteries after failed angioplasty improved the patency and limb salvage rates of patients suffering from critical limb ischemia, the most severe form of peripheral arterial disease," said Lookstein. "This study had 100 percent freedom from major amputation in patients with early or minor critical limb ischemia. Patients with gangrene (advanced critical limb ischemia) had poor outcomes and did not appear to receive benefit."
According to Lookstein, this technology is widely available and should lead to the initiation of further research into the minimally invasive treatment of peripheral arterial disease and critical limb ischemia.
William Moore, M.D., of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, and colleagues found that the use of cryoneurolysis was safe and effective for treating patients with chronic pain caused by nerve damage.
"The key finding of this research was that the use of cryotherapy in patients with refractory neuralgia resulted in significant decreases in reported pain scores," said Moore. "The key conclusion is that cryoneurolysis is an additional option for patients with neuralgic pain."
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