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New ATTRACT data show catheter-based therapy significantly reduces leg symptoms and...

PTS
A new study, recently published online in the journal Circulation, reports on outcomes from a subgroup of 391 patients with acute iliofemoral deep venous...

Retrospective review suggests microwave ablation of HCC in the elderly is...

microwave
Treating hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with microwave ablation is safe in the elderly population, the first study investigating the efficacy and safety profile of this...

Without additional long-term and patient-level data, Katsanos et al’s conclusion is...

paclitaxel
By Thomas Zeller The Katsanos et al meta-analysis reports an increased risk of mortality beyond one year across randomised studies of paclitaxel-coated balloons (DCB) and...

First successful implantation of the bioconvertible Sentry IVC filter

The world’s first bioconvertible IVC filter commercially offered in the USA (Sentry; from BTG) has been successfully implanted into the first patients outside of...

EmboCube embolization gelatin granted FDA approval for embolization of hypervascular tumours

embolization
EmboCube Embolization Gelatin (Merit Medical) has been granted 510(k) approval for use in embolization of hypervascular tumours. The uniformly cut cubes of gelatin foam have...

Pulsed radiofrequency relieves acute back pain and sciatica

pulsed radiofrequency
CT-guided pulsed radiofrequency is safe and effective in people with acute lower back pain that have not responded to conservative treatment, according to a...

Interventional radiology among the most competitive medical specialties of 2018 in...

competitive
Integrated interventional radiology has been listed among the American Medical Association’s (AMA) seven most competitive medical specialties in 2018. “The National Resident Matching Program considers...

Gastric embolization leads to loss of muscle as well as fat

Left gastric artery embolization leads to the loss of both fat and muscle, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of...

Sentry Bioconvertible IVC filter two-year results show zero tilt or migration

Two-year results for the SENTRY trial were presented at the Vascular Interventional Advances conference (VIVA; 5–8 November, Las Vegas, USA). The prospective, multicentre trial...

Why ISET 2019 is a must-attend meeting: Insight from a multidisciplinary...

ISET
For three decades, the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET) has been providing clinicians with premier endovascular education. In 2019, ISET is investing in...

COVERA Vascular Covered Stent for the treatment of venous anastomotic stenosis...

This case report has been sponsored by BD. Panagiotis M Kitrou, consultant interventional radiologist, and Dimitrios Karnabatidis, professor of Interventional Radiology, both at Patras University...

Essential radiation protection for the modern interventionalist

protection
Addressing the importance of radiation protection for the modern interventionist, Kevin Mani writes about the need for knowledge and training in radiation protection for...

Gerard Goh

President of the Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia (IRSA) and European Board of Interventional Radiology (EBIR) examiner for Australia and New Zealand, Gerard Goh...

Mapping the future of interventional oncology: “The time to study augmented...

augmented reality
“I used to sneak away to the arcade at seven years old to play pacman and asteroids; our goal with augmented reality really is...

Interventional oncology established in “mainstream” cancer care with world-first clinical symposium

Oncology
The world-first collaboration between interventional oncology (IO) and radiation oncology, embraced by the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG), continues to bear fruit, with the...

CASE REPORT: SFA-CTO Recanalization by using the novel 0.035″ ULTRASCORE Focused...

Ultrascore
This case report is sponsored by BD. Ralf Langhoff, chief, Angiology/Vascular Medicine, Sankt Gertrauden-Krankenhaus, Berlin, Germany, reports on a case in which his team used...

The future of interventional radiology rests on the creativity and innovation...

Described by her supervisor Glen Schlaphoff (Sydney, Australia) as "a perfect example of a young up and coming interventional radiologist", Sindhura Nirmalarajan is a...

Interventional radiologists’ expertise essential in trauma embolization

Trauma
With traumatic injuries caused by traffic accidents on the rise, Miguel Angel de Gregorio provides an overview of interventional radiologists' role in performing embolization...

Stem cell therapy is the future of critical limb ischaemia management

Stem cell
Addressing the audience at the 33rd annual meeting of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE; 22–25 September, Lisbon, Portugal), Sanjiv Sharma...

SIR advocates for a reallocation of Capitol funding to increase interventional...

SIR
At the third Capitol briefing from the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), Susan Sedory, executive director for SIR, along with a panel of experienced...

Boston Scientific announces recommended offer to acquire BTG

Boston
Boston Scientific has announced it has reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended offer to acquire BTG, a company headquartered in the...

Interventional News Issue 72—November 2018 US Edition

issue
Issue highlights: Expanding horizons in critical limb ischaemia treatment may benefit "no option" patients Interventional radiology societies call for expanded stroke training Comment: Stem...

Interventional News Issue 72—November 2018

Issue highlights: Expanding horizons in critical limb ischaemia treatment may benefit "no option" patients Interventional radiology societies call for expanded stroke training Comment: Stem...

Lutonix BTK randomised trial meets safety and efficacy endpoints at six...

Six-month outcomes of a multicentre randomised controlled trial using the Lutonix 014 drug-coated balloon (BD; DCB) has demonstrated the DCB is safe to use...

IN.PACT SFA five-year outcomes show sustained benefits of drug-coated balloon in...

The IN.PACT SFA trial’s co-principal investigator John Laird, from the Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute in St. Helena, USA, has presented the five-year outcomes...

Same day release for uterine fibroid embolization patients at Royal Stoke...

uterine
Clinicians based at the Royal Stoke University Hospital (Stoke-on-Trent, UK) have developed a new protocol for uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), introducing a day case...

Transradial Embolotherapy

transradial
This educational supplement, sponsored by Merit Medical, focuses on using transradial access in a range of contexts. Contents Microcatheters for prostatic artery embolization: Attila Kovács...

Rivaroxaban receives peripheral arterial disease indication in Europe and USA

Rivaroxaban
Rivaroxaban (brand name Xarelto, Bayer) has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Commission to reduce risks in...

Eximo Medical receives FDA clearance for B-Laser atherectomy system to treat...

Eximo Medical has announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its B-Laser atherectomy system for peripheral...

Avinger receives CE marking approval for Pantheris SV

Avinger, a developer of treatments for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), has announced Conformité Européenne (CE) Marking approval of Pantheris SV (Small Vessel), a product...

Valiant Navion thoracic stent graft receives FDA approval

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Valiant Navion thoracic stent graft system (Medtronic) for the minimally invasive repair of all lesions...

Strategies needed to address radiation exposure risks during venous procedures

Research presented at the European Society for Vascular Surgery’s annual meeting (ESVS; 25–28 September, Valencia, Spain) has shone a light on the potentially high...

Leap: The tiny camera that will disrupt intravascular imaging

Leap
A single-use, high-definition miniature camera has been hailed as a "breakthrough innovation" in intravascular surgery, as Cambridge Consultants announced the device's launch. Called Leap,...

The merits of a 100-year business plan

Business
Fred Lampropoulos, chairman and chief executive officer of Merit Medical, spoke to Interventional News about building a business with lasting value in mind. He...

Interventional News Issue 71—September 2018 US Edition

Issue highlights: Embolization improves benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms nearly as much as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) does A recent study reports that...

Interventional News Issue 71—September 2018

Issue highlights: Embolization improves benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms nearly as much as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) does A recent study reports that...

A “mediocre success rate” found for coil embolization to obtain intrahepatic...

coil
Coil embolization of hepatic arteries to induce redistribution of blood flow and microspheres has a mediocre success rate, concluded a recent study presented by...

Lessons from randomised controlled trials utilising SIRT in liver cancer

A recent session at CIRSE 2018 sought to go beyond the headline findings from a number of recent randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in interventional...

Phase III RCTs needed to prove radiofrequency ablation is effective against...

RCTs
Interventional radiologists must become involved in the multidisciplinary development of phase III randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to further assess the role of radiofrequency ablation...

Acessa Health wins FDA nod for 3rd generation ProVu

ProVu
Acessa Health has announced that the company has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its third generation Acessa ProVu radiofrequency ablation...

Guerbet announces appointment of Leeann Essai as North American head of...

Essai
Leeann Essai has joined Guerbet’s executive team as North American head of marketing. In this role, Essai will report to Massimo Carrara, Guerbet vice president...

Interim results of the Lutonix drug-coated balloon in a complex patient...

Lutonix
This article is sponsored by BD. In a complex patient population with advanced, symptomatic below-the-knee peripheral artery disease, treatment with the Lutonix drug-coated balloon (BD)...

Paclitaxel DCB no better than placebo to treat stenosis in patients...

paclitaxel
In a study evaluating the efficacy of a drug-coated balloon (DCB) in inhibiting restenosis and ensuring long-term patency in patients with arteriovenous fistulae (AVF),...

Covered stent provides greater patency than angioplasty alone in AV fistulae

covered
The Covera vascular covered stent (BD) has a superior six-month primary patency rate than standard balloon angioplasty, with an equivalent safety at 30 days,...

New resorbable embolic agent for uterine fibroid embolization is effective

A new, spherical resorbable gelatine embolic agent, GelBead, has been shown to be “very effective” for uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Nigel Hacking (Department of...

Real-time imaging: Ultrasound detects a biodegradable embolic microsphere after prostatic artery...

Researchers report the use of ultrasound to detect embolization in real time for patients undergoing treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Richard Owen (University...

Live from CIRSE 2018: Three-year results from global study confirm the...

The largest prospective, independently-adjudicated study of drug coated balloons (DCBs) in a broad range of lesions in real-world patients confirms the safety and performance...

Eluvia outperforms Zilver PTX in IMPERIAL 12-month results

The Eluvia drug-eluting vascular stent system (Boston Scientific) shows superior primary patency compared to the Zilver PTX drug-eluting stent (Cook Medical), concludes the 12-month...

ICEfx cryoablation system launches globally at CIRSE 2018

ICEfx
BTG has announced the global launch of its ICEfx cryoablation system. This is an evolution of the existing Visual ICE system, and according to...

Merit significantly expands biopsy portfolio with release of new bone biopsy...

Merit
  Merit Medical Systems has announced the expansion of its biopsy portfolio, with the release of five new manual bone biopsy systems. According to a...

Cook Medical announces successful resolution of 2014 FDA warning letter

warning
Cook Medical has announced that it received a close-out letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) resolving a 2014 warning letter for...

International neurointerventional societies outline new criteria for facilities that treat stroke

competitive
  Thirteen neurointerventional societies have released new guidelines outlining the criteria for Level 1, 2 and 3 stroke centres that provide acute ischemic stroke interventions...

New Sniper balloon occlusion microcatheters cleared in Europe

Sniper
Embolx, a new medical device company out of Silicon Valley, has been given the European CE mark for its latest Sniper balloon occlusion microcatheters....

Boston Scientific announces agreement to acquire Augmenix

SpaceOAR
  Boston Scientific has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Augmenix, a privately-held company which has developed and commercialised the...

The IR residency necessity

Residency
With the graduation of the first ever interventional radiology residents from a US university, Wael Saad and Minhaj Khaja discuss the importance of having a...

Involving interventional oncologists in gene therapies could cut the prohibitive costs

gene
Daniel Sze (Stanford University, Stanford, USA), presenting at the European Conference on Interventional Oncology Annual Meeting (ECIO; 22–25 April, Vienna, Austria), calls for a...

AngioDynamics provides update on vascular access business

AngioDynamics has provided a corporate update and acknowledged a recent, favourable US District Court ruling that impacts its vascular access business. A press release states...

Bayer announces new licensed indication for use of Xarelto in patients...

Xarelto, co-administered with aspirin, is indicated in the EU for the prevention of atherothrombotic events in adult patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) or...

Gynesonics receives US FDA clearance to market Sonata system for ablation...

Sonata
Gynesonics announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Sonata sonography-guided transcervical fibroid ablation...

Novel technique to treat endometrial cysts is safe and effective

Endometriosis
Catheter-based sclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for endometrial cysts and could help preserve fertility in patients, according to a study published in...

Top trends in ablation in 2018

ablation
Roberto Iezzi provides an overview of ablative therapies, and what interventional radiologists can expect from ablation procedures in the near future. Amongst the emerging...

CT-guided radiofrequency thermal ablation a safe alternative to surgery for HCC...

radiofrequency
Percutaneous CT-guided radiofrequency thermal ablation is a safe and effective alternative treatment option in patients with pulmonary metastases from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) that cannot...

Scotland on red alert over shortage of interventional radiologists

Scotland
Interventional radiologists issued a red alert warning over staff shortages in Scotland as the only full-time specialists based in the Scottish Highlands step down....

Guerbet announces commercial partnership with Imalogix

Guerbet has announced a commercial partnership with Imalogix, a company focusing on artificial intelligence process and workflow solutions. The commercial partnership combines Guerbet's diagnostic...

Move to less invasive medicine is “one of the greatest shifts...

Barry Katzen
“Innovation has driven my life in interventional radiology—and what a ride it has been,” said Barry Katzen, founder and chief medical executive of Miami...

Percutaneous ablation outperforms surgery in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma

renal carcinoma
Percutaneous ablation can be successfully used to treat many cases of early-stage renal cell carcinoma, a new study published in the Annals of Internal...

Researchers find major inequalities in acute stroke treatment across Europe

Every year, up to 1.3 million people in Europe suffer a first stroke. Acute stroke treatment strategies such as acute treatment of patients in...

Preconceived notions, alternative facts and fake news: How we decide what...

facts
“In this era, it is common for people not to accept basic scientific data. This has now permeated society so much that people feel empowered...

Imaging-guided sister disciplines radiation oncology and interventional oncology “should build on...

oncology
Collaboration in matters of training, research and clinical practice between radiation oncology (RO) and interventional oncology (IO) could significantly advance research into local therapies, benefit patients...

CIO to separate from ISET in 2019

The Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology (CIO) will separate from the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET) starting from next year. Beginning in 2019,...

HIFU shows outcomes in line with surgery for significant nonmetastatic prostate...

SonaCare Medical has reported five-year outcomes from a multicentre study of 625 medium to high-risk clinically significant nonmetastatic prostate cancer patients following focal therapy...

Deficiencies in operator behaviour: Premature atypical malignancies in high-volume operators

Radiation
In this article, Bijan Modarai outlines recent research on the effects on radiation exposure in high-volume interventionists, why a future with alternative modalities to X-ray guided...

Augmented reality can lend you the “eyes of the first operator”

Augmented reality
In February 2018, the first European case of endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for the treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm was performed using a prototype device...

Reviewing five years of deep venous stenting: What comes next?

Stenting
For many venous specialists, dedicated venous stents represent the future—and the promise of an ideal venous stent on the horizon is a central topic...

Flowing on the horizon: Liquid embolics in development

Embolics
To become a mainstay liquid embolic for peripheral use, an optimal product should be easy to use, have reproducible and controllable deep penetration for...

Evidence propels prostate artery embolization into becoming a “standard of care”...

embolization
The support of the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) signals that embolization has a unique role in the treatment of benign prostatic...

Interventional News Issue 70 – June 2018 US Edition

Issue highlights: Imaging-guided sister disciplines radiation oncology and interventional oncology “should build on common ground” UK’s NICE recommends prostate artery embolization for selected men...

Interventional News Issue 70 – June 2018

Issue highlights: Imaging-guided sister disciplines radiation oncology and interventional oncology “should build on common ground” UK’s NICE recommends prostate artery embolization for selected men...

Interventional News Issue 69 – April 2018 US Edition

Highlights: 69 Strike now to perform stroke thrombectomy Head-to-head comparison of Ranger and IN.PACT drug-coated balloons Brave Dreams trial finds venoplasty “safe, but largely ineffective”...

Vectorio®: Efficacy and safety for improved cTACE mixing and delivery

This educational supplement, sponsored by Guerbet, is intended for readers in the EU only. Guerbet obtained the CE mark for its conventional transarterial chemoembolization...

Establishing the evidence base for SIRT in Interventional Oncology

Multidisciplinary oncology thought leaders discuss the personalisation of SIRT, new and recent evidence for the minimally invasive procedure over sorafenib in advanced HCC, the...

WCIO 2018 puts biopsy front and centre of the interventional oncology...

The opening plenary at the World Conference on Interventional Oncology (WCIO; 7–10 June, Boston, USA) put biopsy, which is considered a mundane procedure by...

Ally Bridge Group expands early-stage cancer solution portfolio with investment in...

Ally Bridge Group (ABG), a cross-border life science investment group, has completed a Series A investment, as the first part of a total of...

Stephen B Solomon

Stephen B Solomon, chief, Interventional Radiology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA and president of the Society for Interventional Oncology (SIO)...

IR: An entirely suitable job for a woman

There is no “stereotypical” female interventional radiologist. We are simply as skilled, motivated, committed, and diverse in our interests as our male colleagues. Yet,...

Guerbet launches two new microcatheters for use in embolization procedures

Guerbet has announced the upcoming launch of SeQure and DraKon, two novel microcatheters for tumour and vascular aneurysm embolization procedures. The company introduced the...

Med Alliance raises US$37 million to launch sirolimus drug-coated balloon

Med Alliance SA, a company developing and commercialising the first sirolimus micro-reservoir drug-coated balloon (SELUTION DCB) to treat patients suffering from peripheral artery disease...

Interventional News Issue 69 – April 2018

Highlights: Strike now to perform stroke thrombectomy Head-to-head comparison of Ranger and IN.PACT drug-coated balloons Brave Dreams trial finds venoplasty “safe, but largely ineffective”...

Potential synergies of immuno-oncology with interventional oncology

The questions of if, how and when to combine interventional oncological procedures with systemic immunotherapy are on the tip of everyone’s tongue, from multidisciplinary tumour boards...

Strike now to perform stroke thrombectomy

Should interventional radiologists up-skill to perform emergency stroke thrombectomy and help deliver stroke services? And if they did, would the increase in the number...

FDA releases final rule on acceptance of data from clinical investigations...

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has today issued the final rule on “human subject protection; acceptance of data from clinical investigations for medical...

Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan, consultant vascular and interventional radiologist, St George’s Hospital, London, chairman of the CIRSE EBIR committee and a deputy editor on CVIR, told Interventional News...

Bob Abraham

Canada’s recent recognition as a subspecialty at the national level has helped to raise awareness amongst other disciplines, healthcare policymakers and hospital administrators. “We...