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Resumption of uterine contractility improves quality of life for women following...

uterine
Women of reproductive age with symptomatic fibroids experience significantly improved quality of life and significantly reduced symptoms following treatment with uterine fibroid embolization (UFE),...

Phase III SALAMANDER trials of Rexgenero’s REX-001 open and recruiting patients...

recruiting
The first UK clinical trial site for the treatment of diabetic patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLI) using a novel patient-specific regenerative therapy has...

EXTRACT-PE an “important first study” for aspiration thrombectomy in acute PE...

EXTRACT-PE
Akhilesh Sista (New York, USA) talks to Interventional News at  VIVA 2019 (Vascular InterVentional Advances; 4–7 November, Las Vegas, USA) about the results of the EXTRACT-PE study, that were presented in a late-breaking...

Philips announces WE-TRUST multicentre clinical trial to assess impact of direct-to-angiosuite...

Philips has announced a major clinical trial to assess the impact of a direct-to-angiosuite workflow on stroke patient outcomes. The study will assess whether...

Ultrasound-only guidance for cryoablation procedures eliminates radiation burden in children

Ultrasound-only guidance is technically feasible for a substantial proportion of cryoablation procedures, Alex Barnacle (Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK) reported at the 2019...

With national regulatory approaches diverging, FDA urges “global consensus” at VIVA

regulatory
Many regulatory jurisdictions are establishing different approaches for medical devices, Misti Malone, assistant director in the Office of Cardiovascular Devices at the US Food...

Endovascular arteriovenous fistulas “key part of any dialysis programme”

endovascular
Endovascular arteriovenous fistulas (endoAVF) platforms add additional fistula options for patients and physicians, argues Dheeraj Rajan (University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada,...

Medtronic DCB receives US FDA approval to treat arteriovenous fistula lesions

Medtronic today announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the IN.PACT AV drug-coated balloon (DCB), a paclitaxel-coated balloon indicated for the treatment...

Merit Medical receives FDA breakthrough device designation for Wrapsody endovascular stent...

wrapsody
Merit Medical Systems has announced that it has been granted breakthrough device designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Merit...

TriNav receives CMS approval for transitional pass-through payment status

TriSalus Life Sciences (formerly Surefire Medical) has announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted approval for transitional pass-through (TPT) payment...

PAE-performing interventionalists advised to be cautious in patient selection

selection
With widespread urological acceptance of prostate artery embolization (PAE) impending, Tiago Bilhim (Saint Louis Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal) calls for caution when selecting patients for...

80% of BSIR members vote for IR to gain specialty status...

specialty
Members of the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of interventional radiology (IR) becoming a specialty in the UK....

BSIR launches Professor Anna Maria Belli Travelling Grant to promote diversity...

grant
The BSIR women and diversity committee formally launched the Professor Anna Maria Belli Travelling Grant on 14 November, at the 2019 annual scientific meeting...

Interventional News Issue 76—November 2019 US Edition

issue
Interventional oncologists urged to embrace the clinical model at CIRSE 2019 Rebuttal from IR community as AUA continues not to recommend PAE outside...

Interventional News Issue 76—November 2019

issue
Interventional oncologists urged to embrace the clinical model at CIRSE 2019 Rebuttal from IR community as AUA continues not to recommend PAE outside...

Endovascular intervention for the treatment of femoropopliteal lesions: ELUVIA is safe...

ELUVIA
This advertorial is sponsored by Boston Scientific. Boston Scientific leads the largest clinical programme investigating drug-eluting therapy for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD),...

Ricardo García-Mónaco

radiology
Establishing the first Interventional Radiology department in Argentina, Ricardo García-Mónaco is a pioneer of minimally invasive, image-guided therapies in South America. Looking back on...

CIRSE 2019: Five-year results from real-world study do not show increased...

Konstantinos Donas (Münster, Germany) reported five-year data from a single-centre, retrospective study with 238 patients in the first CIRSE session. The long-term, real-world dataset showed no...

Ghana making giant strides: Neurointerventional practice in sub-Saharan Africa

ghana
Since founding the Ghana Society of Interventional Radiologists in November 2015, Benjamin Dabo Sarkodie has been working to establish the offering of minimally invasive,...

VIVA 2019: SELUTION sirolimus DCB safe and effective through two years

The SELUTION SFA trial met its primary endpoint and demonstrated an late lumen loss of 0.19mm. Furthermore, excellent freedom from clinically driven TLR was...

VIVA 2019: Four-Year data from the IN.PACT Global study highlight durable...

Medtronic today announced four-year data from the IN.PACT Global study, which reinforce the long-term durability and safety of the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB)...

VIVA 2019: Boston Scientific announces positive data for the Ranger DCB...

Boston Scientific today announced positive data for two devices within the peripheral drug-eluting product portfolio during separate late-breaking clinical trial presentations at the 2019...

VIVA 2019: Revolutions system meets primary and safety endpoints in REVEAL...

Findings from the REVEAL study confirm a favourable safety and effectiveness profile through six months for the Revolution peripheral atherectomy system from Rex Medical....

VIVA 2019: One-year freedom from clinically-driven target lesion revascularisation in MIMICS-3D...

One-year results of the MIMICS-3D study were announced today at the 2019 Vascular Interventional Advances conference (VIVA; 4–7 November, Las Vegas, USA). Freedom from...

VIVA 2019: Temporary Spur stent system appears to be feasible and...

Today at the 2019 Vascular Interventional Advances conference (VIVA; 4–7 November, Las Vegas, USA), Thomas Zeller (Bad Krozingen, Germany) gave an update on the...

VIVA 2019: TOBA II BTK meets primary safety and efficacy endpoints...

It was announced today at the 2019 Vascular Interventional Advances conference (VIVA) (4–7 November, Las Vegas, USA) that, through six months, TOBA II BTK...

VIVA 2019: ABSORB BVS achieves “excellent” long-term patency and freedom from...

Ramon Varcoe today announced positive five-year results of the ABSORB BTK trial at the 2019 Vascular Interventional Advances conference (VIVA) in Las Vegas, USA...

VIVA 2019: LimFlow announces positive six-month data From PROMISE I US...

LimFlow SA today announced the presentation of positive six-month data from the full patient cohort in its PROMISE I early feasibility study of the...

VIVA 2019: Perivascular temsirolimus could be “viable alternative” to prevent restenosis...

It was announced today that results of the TANGO low-dose cohort compared to controls are positive, both for primary and secondary endpoints. These latest...

VIVA 2019: Ultrasound before angioplasty for BTK lesions may improve outcomes...

Low-frequency, high-intensity ultrasound energy delivery followed by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) may improve clinical outcomes in below-the-knee (BTK) lesions without the need for a...

VIVA 2019: Penumbra Indigo Aspiration system IDE trial for acute PE...

Penumbra today announced that the EXTRACT-PE trial successfully met the primary endpoints, demonstrating the safety and efficacy of the Indigo Aspiration system for aspiration...

VIVA 2019: Zilver PTX shows benefits across different patient groups

At this year’s Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) conference (4–7 November, Las Vegas, USA), Michael D Dake presented data on Zilver PTX that supports the...

Pivotal study of next-generation advancement in stent graft technology for PAD...

torus
The first patient has been enrolled in the TORUS 2 multicentre, clinical trial, evaluating the use of the self-expanding Torus stent graft system (PQ...

Novel embolization agent “promising” for the endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms...

embolization
The first preclinical study of a novel embolization agent, GPX, reports its successful performance in a rabbit aneurysm model. High rates of complete angiographic...

Interventional radiologists welcome in Myanmar

Interventional
Kyaw Zay Ya caught up with Interventional News at the 2019 meeting of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE; 7–11 September,...

International collaboration has fuelled a decade of development for IR in...

Interventional
Collaboration, academic support, and hands-on training provided by the Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, have driven the small interventional radiology (IR) community of Myanmar to...

First-of-its-kind XACT robotic system cleared by FDA for percutaneous interventional procedures

robotic
XACT Robotics has just received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell its first robotic system in the USA for...

Cook Medical defends its products after another IVC filter company loses...

IVC
A Philadelphia jury has awarded more than US$33 million to a woman who was injured as a result of a defectively designed inferior vena...

First patient in Middle East treated with peripheral orbital atherectomy system...

first
The first patient in the United Arab Emirates has been treated with the Stealth 360 peripheral orbital atherectomy system (Cardiovascular Systems), intended for the...

Omega Medical Imaging first in the world to receive FDA clearance...

dose
Omega Medical Imaging, manufactures of Artificial Intelligence Fluoroscopy/Cine (AIF/C) Imaging systems, has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of FluoroShield with...

QuiremScout shows superior predictive value to technetium 99m macroaggregated albumin during...

QuiremSpheres
A recent study comparing holmium-166 (QuiremSpheres, from Terumo) to technetium-99m-macroaggregated albumin (99mTc-MAA) as a work up for selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) has found...

A glimpse of the future: The next decade of interventional innovations

interventional
Interventional News speaks with Atul Gupta about the future of interventional radiology (IR). As chief medical officer for Image-Guided Therapy, Philips, he enthuses about...

“The opportunity is enormous”: CIO attendees experience thyroid ablation case in...

thyroid
The 11th Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology (CIO; 11–13 October, Miami, USA) hosted a virtual reality (VR) case presentation, where delegates placed their smartphones...

1,550-patient study indicates prostate artery embolization effective for a decade

selection
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) may become the standard of care procedure for the management of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), proposed Tiago Bilhim (CHULC,...

Concept Medical granted CE certification for sirolimus-coated MagicTouch group of products

MagicTouch
Concept Medical received CE certification for their MagicTouch group of products on 16 October 2019. The CE certified products/brands are as listed below: MagicTouch—PTA (sirolimus-coated...

Positive NICE recommendation for Xarelto to prevent atherothrombotic events in CAD...

Xarelto
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published the final appraisal determination (FAD) recommending the use of Xarelto (rivaroxaban) by the...

Michael Jaff joins Boston Scientific to drive innovation in peripheral technologies

Michael R Jaff is to be vice president, clinical affairs, innovation and technology, peripheral interventions of Boston Scientific by January 2020. In this role,...

CIRSE 2019: Medicare data shows women “missing out” on uterus-sparing surgery...

uterus
Gerard Goh (Melbourne, Australia) talks to BLearning IR at CIRSE 2019 (Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe; 7–11 September; Barcelona, Spain) about Australian public Medicare data which...

Luminor DCB now reimbursed in France

Luminor
Luminor 18 and Luminor 35 drug-coated balloons (DCB; iVascular) are now listed on the French LPPR list for de novo lesions of the femoropopliteal...

SIR launches new award to celebrate those who champion women in...

women
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Women in IR section has launched the Women in IR Champion Award to recognise an individual who has...

Intact vascular announces positive one-year data from TOBA III clinical trial

TOBA
Intact Vascular has announced the positive one-year results of its Tack Optimised Balloon Angioplasty (TOBA) III clinical trial, successfully achieving both primary and secondary...

Terumo introduces new radial to peripheral devices at TCT 2019

radial
Terumo Medical have announced that it has introduced the Radial to Peripheral (R2P) MISAGO RX self-expanding peripheral stent at the 31st Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics...

A thumbnail sketch of haemodialysis access: Past, present, and future in...

haemodialysis
Bart Dolmatch gives an overview of the history of haemodialysis access in the USA, and balances the pros and cons of current access options....

Patient data slightly lowers paclitaxel device mortality risk, but risk persists...

The late mortality risk associated with paclitaxel-coated balloons and stents when used in the femoropopliteal arteries for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD)...

SINGA-PACLI results do not support routine use of drug-coated balloon in...

SINGA-PACLI
The prospective, randomised SINGA-PACLI trial sought to compare the results of drug-coated balloon (DCB) treatment to plain balloon angioplasty (POBA) for the treatment of...

e-PTFE covered stent demonstrates “significantly better” target lesion primary patency compared...

Bard Covera stent
The results of AVeNEW, the first level one clinical study dedicated solely to the use of a covered stent designed to treat stenosis in...

First prostate artery embolization performed in Nigeria

Nigeria
Hammed Ninalowo (Lagos, Nigeria) and Scott McLafferty (Columbus Radiology Corporation, Cincinnati, USA) performed the first prostate artery embolization (PAE) in Nigeria on 29 August...

Rebuttal from IR community as AUA continues to not recommend PAE...

American Urological Association and PAE
The American Urological Association (AUA) have published guideline amendments in the September issue of The Journal of Urology, but have not changed their stance...

Merit Medical launches Torpedo gelatin foam for embolization of hypervascular tumours

wrapsody
Merit Medical has announced the commercial launch of Torpedo, a proprietary gelatin foam indicated for use in the embolization of hypervascular tumours. The Torpedo...

Public outreach for IR procedures: Is it nice or necessary?

Theresa Caridi interventional radiology
Theresa Caridi is an interventional radiology advocate, and believes passionately in spreading awareness of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to both potential patients and referrers....

Konstantinos Katsanos

Following the publication of a meta-analysis in the Journal of the American Heart Association late last year that reported an increased association of mortality...

Interventional News Issue 75—September 2019 US Edition

Issue 75
Immunotherapy “destined to become an integral part of IO care” (pages 1–2) A call to arms against “the tyranny of the randomised controlled trial” (pages...

Interventional News Issue 75—September 2019

Issue 75
Immunotherapy "destined to become an integral part of IO care" (pages 1–2) A call to arms against "the tyranny of the randomised controlled...

Philips and B Braun launch Onvision needle tip tracking, a breakthrough...

Onvision
Philips and B Braun have announced the launch of Onvision, a breakthrough ultrasound guidance solution for real-time needle tip tracking in regional anaesthesia. Available...

CIRSE 2019: Teaching materials to follow curriculum in IO education

teaching
 CIRSE 2019 Gold Medal awardee, Thierry de Baère (Villejuif, France), tells Interventional News at the society’s annual meeting (7-11 September, Barcelona, Spain) that this...

New data show high chronic outward force causes significantly more restenosis

chronic
Twelve-month results of the BIOFLEX COF trial have demonstrated that the implantation of stents with low chronic outward force (COF) was associated with less...

Preliminary results of first European prospective study find GAE reduces pain...

GAE
Geniculate artery embolization (GAE) is responsible for statistically significant improvements in pain scores from baseline out to three months, the preliminary results of the...

Fair-Embo project maps interventional radiology services across the world

Fair-Embo
Speaking at the 2019 annual meeting of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE; 7–10 September, Barcelona, Spain), Vincent Vidal (Marseille, France)...

IN.PACT AV access trial meets primary safety and effectiveness endpoints

AV access
Medtronic has announced the first-ever results from the IN.PACT AV access clinical study comparing the investigational IN.PACT AV drug-coated balloon (DCB) to percutaneous transluminal...

Percutaneous vertebroplasty safe and effective only in patients with acute fractures

vertebroplasty
A meta-analysis, recently published in Osteoporosis International, has found that the application of percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) is safe and effective only in patients with...

Adequately trained interventional radiologists should be performing endovascular thrombectomies to relieve...

endovascular
Thousands of eligible patients are not receiving endovascular thrombectomies after suffering a stroke due to a shortage of neurointerventionalists worldwide. In an effort to...

SIR publishes new training guidelines for endovascular thrombectomy

women
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) has today published new training guidelines for endovascular stroke treatment in the Journal of Interventional Radiology (JVIR). This...

Foundation trainees’ perception of interventional radiology found to be “poor”

foundation
Foundation trainees’ perception of interventional radiology (IR) is “generally poor due to a lack of adequate knowledge”, a recent survey from the Radiology department...

Balloon-occlusion PAE as effective as conventional microcatheter PAE

Balloon-occlusion prostatic artery embolization (PAE) is as effective as conventional microcatheter PAE in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with a potential to...

Updated VTE treatment guideline for patients with cancer revealed by ASCO

guideline
An updated guideline on the prophylaxis and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with cancer has been unveiled by the American Society of...

Interventional radiology TED talk raises awareness of image-guided, minimally invasive medicine

TED
Oleksandra Kutsenko, a radiology resident at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, USA, and Society of Interventional Radiology-Resident Fellow Student (SIR-RFS) advocacy chair, has given a...

Adept Medical launches the Antegrade IR platform

Antegrade IR platform
Adept Medical has launches its Antegrade IR platform, which provides a work surface for antegrade femoral approach during interventional radiology vascular procedures. The device...

“Let’s connect in Seattle!” Be heard. Be seen. Get published!

SIR
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) invites practising physicians, early career professionals, research scientists, clinical associates, trainees and medical students to submit original research...

No significant differences between hybrid and open approaches for managing thrombosed...

hybrid
Data from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh, USA) indicate that the open approach to managing thrombosed haemodialysis grafts with venous anastomotic lesions...

“More creative solutions” needed for end-stage vascular access patients

vascular access
Nicholas (Nick) Inston calls for “more creative solutions” to vascular access challenges, commending interventional radiologists’ innovative reputation as instrumental to increasing the number of...

Merit Medical launches new PreludeSYNC EVO radial compression device

wrapsody
Merit Medical have announced the commercial launch of the PreludeSYNC EVO radial compression device in the USA. The PreludeSYNC EVO is a sterile, single-use,...

OnControl makes bone biopsies “significantly easier”

OnControl
 Ashutosh Rao (Atlanta, USA) talks to Interventional News at SIR 2019 about the OnControl device. Before switching to OnControl, Rao explains, “we did not realise how easy...

Nanotechnology answers outstanding clinical questions in interventional oncology

“Interventional radiology is uniquely equipped to shape the next generation of nanotherapeutics,” Sarah White, associate professor of Radiation and Surgical Oncology at the Medical...

What is an interventional oncologist?

interventional oncology
Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO) president William (Bill) Rilling notes that you do not need to be a full time cancer specialist to describe...

Automatic characterisation of Lipiodol deposition after cTACE may make predictions about...

Automatic characterisation of Lipiodol (Guerbet) deposition is feasible, workflow efficient, and improves consistency across patients, argued Sophie Stark (Yale School of Medicine, New Haven,...

Society of Interventional Oncology requests updates to NCCN guidelines to more...

NCCN
The Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO) is working more closely within cooperative groups and taskforces, as well as amongst the guidelines commentariat, to provide...

Immunotherapy “destined to become an integral part of IO care”

Immunotherapy
“It is very important that we, as interventional oncologists, embrace the immuno-oncology field,” Thierry de Baère (Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France) said in his...

A call to arms against “the tyranny of the randomised controlled...

randomised
“Arm yourself with the comprehensive but nuanced science behind hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC),” Riad Salem (Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, USA) instructed the audience at the...

MRI Interventions reaches ClearPoint milestone

ClearPoint
MRI Interventions said its ClearPoint Neuro navigation system has been used in 3,000 neurosurgical procedures. The milestone procedure was completed at the University of California,...

Cook Medical launches new 2.6Fr CXI support catheter

support
Cook Medical recently released the second generation of the 2.6Fr CXI support catheter with platinum-iridium marker bands. The CXI catheter is used in small-vessel...

Siemens Healthineers to acquire Corindus Vascular Robotics

robotics
Siemens Healthineers will acquire all issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Corindus Vascular Robotics, Corindus announced this month. The cash transaction is US$4.28...

Stem cell therapy shows promise in preventing venous stenosis and AVF...

stem cell
 Sanjay Misra (Rochester, USA) talks to Interventional News about his research into whether stem cell therapy can help AVFs (arteriovenous fistulas) mature and also prevent venous...

Boston Scientific closes acquisition of BTG

acquisition
Boston Scientific has announced the completion of its acquisition of BTG, pursuant to the previously announced scheme of arrangement. BTG develops and commercialises products...

BASIL-3 resumes randomisation

The BASIL-3 study, which was halted in response to findings reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) that paclitaxel-coated and –eluting...

International Cardio begins first-in-human trial of its high-intensity ultrasound system

HIFU
International Cardio Corporation (ICC) announced that it has achieved the first human use of its high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) system to designed to treat...

MagicTouch PTA sirolimus coated balloon granted breakthrough device designation by FDA

breakthrough
Concept Medical has been granted breakthrough device designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its MagicTouch percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) sirolimus...

Medtronic statement regarding updated FDA letter to healthcare providers on paclitaxel...

Medtronic
Medtronic has issued the following statement regarding the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) updated letter to healthcare providers for paclitaxel-devices in patients with...

FDA: Paclitaxel device clinical trials “may continue”; Agency is working to...

FDA
Clinical studies of paclitaxel-coated balloons and paclitaxel-eluting stents “may continue and should collected long-term safety (including mortality) and effectiveness data”, says the US Food...

Transradial access is safe and effective for neuroendovascular procedures

neuroendovascular
In the largest cohort study to date, new research from Jefferson (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA) demonstrates that transradial surgery, done...

FDA notifies BD that Lutonix paclitaxel balloon PMA application for below...

lutonix
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have denied BD premarket approval (PMA) for the company’s Lutonix drug-coated balloon (DCB) in the treatment of...

Artificial intelligence solution improves clinical trial recruitment

clinical
Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that difficulty finding the right volunteer...

Reflection, confession, and resolution: The ethics of complications in Interventional radiology

complications
Complications are an inevitable component of an interventional radiologist’s practice, says Eric Keller, especially as a newer specialty with a reputation for pushing medical...

Interim results of a multicentre analysis support paclitaxel-coated balloon angioplasty

interim
The interim results of a multicentre, European retrospective analysis investigating the use of drug-coated balloons (DCBs) in symptomatic central venous stenosis (CVS) suggest that...

Boston Scientific signs medical technology alliance with Mayo Clinic

Mayo
Medical devices manufacturer Boston Scientific has partnered with Mayo Clinic, a non-profit academic medical centre, to launch an accelerator focused on medical solutions for...

Rivaroxaban recommended by NICE for peripheral and coronary artery disease patients

Xarelto
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK has published a positive draft final appraisal determination recommending the use of...

86% of women who had UAE were able to get pregnant...

pregnant
In a retrospective, single centre study, the vast majority of patients who underwent uterine artery embolization (UAE) were able to have a successful pregnancy...

Medtronic partners with Viz.ai to accelerate adoption of new AI software

Medtronic and Viz.ai have partnered to accelerate the adoption of Viz.ai’s new technology, which helps synchronise stroke care and decrease time to treatment, potentially...

First in man study of robotically-assisted sonic therapy concludes the technique...

RAST
Preliminary results of a first in man trial demonstrate that robotically-assisted sonic therapy (RAST) can create a planned ablation volume without significant device-related adverse...

Musculoskeletal embolization may be critical for pain management in sports-related injuries

Yuji Okuno (Okuno Clinic, Tokyo, Japan) gave an update on the status of musculoskeletal embolization for pain management and sports related injuries at the...

Interventional radiologists should be involved in fibroid patient consultations, study concludes

patients
In 2013, the Dutch national guidelines on heavy menstrual bleeding were updated to include, for the first time, a recommendation that uterine artery embolization...

Using smaller microspheres does not improve PAE outcomes

microspheres
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) outcomes do not differ significantly when microspheres of different sizes are used as embolic agents, a recent single centre, randomised...

Ablation cheaper than Y-90 or TACE for the treatment of hepatocellular...

ablation
Ablation costs are significantly less than those of transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) and Yttrium-90 (Y-90), according to a comparative cost analysis of the three...

Call for prospective RCTs on left gastric artery embolization at GEST...

Clifford Weiss (Division of Interventional Radiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA) called for a prospective randomised controlled trial to investigate potential...

A skill development initiative is establishing interventional radiology across Africa and...

development
An organised skill development initiative that started in late 2015 offering interventional radiology (IR) training for eight emerging economies has precipitated the development of...

MDR will be “the most devastating thing to happen to European...

MDR
Speaking at the Charing Cross Symposium 2019 (CX; 15–18 April, London, UK), Jeffrey Jump (Nyon, Switzerland) outlines the impact of the Medical Device Regulations...

ET 2019: New data support TACE using microspheres in both HCC...

TACE
Transarterial chemoembolization using microspheres appears to show “much better outcomes” than those seen with conventional TACE, both in the setting of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...

Vascular Anomalies Special Interest Group brings together a range of specialists...

vascular
Vascular malformations have perplexed a plethora of physicians from diverse specialties for decades, writes Jocelyn Brookes. The British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) has...

Centerline Biomedical’s surgical positioning system gets FDA clearance

Centerline
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to Centerline Biomedical’s Intra-Operative Positioning System (IOPS), a device used in endovascular procedures...

“We are simply on a mission”: Interventional radiology is key to...

Nigeria
There are fewer than five practicing interventional radiologists in Nigeria today, a country of 200 million people. Hammed Ninalowo aims to change that ratio,...

New BSIR Women and Diversity committee aims to boost proportion of...

diversity
The British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) established a Women and Diversity committee earlier this year, with the aim of overcoming obstacles to women...

Capping medical residency hours does not hamper new doctors’ quality of...

hours
When new rules capped training hours for medical residents at 80 hours per week in 2003, critics worried that the change would leave physicians-in-training...

Over 70% of interventional radiologists polled experience career burnout

burnout
Burnout is prevalent among interventional radiologists, with a recent survey finding that both identifying as female and working more than 80 hours per week...

Large real-world study supports UroLift’s effectiveness in treating BPH symptoms

UroLift
Teleflex received positive results for a multi-centre study reaffirming the safety and effectiveness of its minimally invasive UroLift system for the treatment of benign...

New system for tracking catheters using optical fibres promises easier navigation

A new visualisation method enables more precise catheter navigation through the vascular system. It is being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine...

Society of Interventional Oncology announces news officers and board of directors

SIO
  William Rilling (Department of Radiology and Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA) has assumed the role of president of the Society of Interventional...

Varian Medical acquires two Boston Scientific product lines

Radiation therapy firm Varian Medical Systems has signed an agreement to acquire Boston Scientific's portfolio of drug-loadable microsphere and bland embolic bead products designed...

Burning out: A woman physician’s experience

Following a keynote lecture on her personal and professional understanding of physician burnout earlier this year at the annual meeting of the Society of...

New double vein embolization technique saves time in future liver remnant...

 While the standard approach for preparing the future liver remnant prior to liver resection is to use portal vein embolization, a new technique—variously either...

Cryoablation improves survival more than thermal ablation for renal cell carcinoma...

Cryoablation may be associated with longer overall survival than heat-based thermal ablation in clinical T1a renal cell carcinoma (RCC), concludes a recent study published...

SIR 2019 focuses on inclusivity, diversity and crowdsourcing “the best ideas”

 Dan Sze (Palo Alto, USA), chair, 2019 Annual Meeting Program and Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh (Orange, USA), chair, 2019 Scientific Program, discuss the highlights of the 2019...

Geniculate artery embolization potentially a “game-changer” for patients with knee osteoarthritis

 There is a huge group of knee osteoarthritis patients in whom conservative therapy fails. Yet, many of these patients are not candidates for joint...

Alex Tang

“Deep in my heart, I knew interventional radiology (IR) had a tremendous future,” Alex Tang tells Interventional News. Looking back at his career, Tang...

Interventional News Issue 74—June 2019 US Edition

IR community backs PAE and calls for close collaboration with urologists (pages 1–4) “The era of healthcare disruption is here”: Alan Matsumoto urges...

Interventional News Issue 74—June 2019

IR community backs PAE and calls for close collaboration with urologists (pages 1–4) "The era of healthcare disruption is here": Alan Matsumoto urges...

Medtronic and BD respond to FDA circulatory system devices panel

Both Medtronic and BD have released statements in response to the FDA circulatory system devices panel held last week (19–20 June, Washington, DC, USA)....

Mentice and Siemens Healthineers bring a virtual patient to the angiosuite

Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB have announced that they are collaborating to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST virtual patient into the Artis icono angiography system...

US FDA panel reviews paclitaxel device data: No recommendations issued

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened today and yesterday for a General Issues Panel Meeting on the late mortality safety signal associated...

FDA clears Shape Memory Medical’s Impede-FX embolization plug

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for the Impede-FX embolization plug (Shape Memory Medical). This device is available in...

Holden and colleagues find no causal link between paclitaxel dose and...

paclitaxel
The methodology underpinning the conclusion by Konstantinos Katsanos (Patras, Greece) et al that there is a positive dose-response relationship between paclitaxel and mortality is...

The renaissance of Lipiodol in lymphangiography and lymphatic interventions—Advertorial

This article is sponsored by Guerbet. Christof M Sommer, Thilo Hackert and Götz M Richter discuss the renaissance of Lipiodol-based lymphangiography following a decline in...

FLEX vessel prep system data show key findings including luminal gain

New data presented at the 20th annual new cardiovascular horizons (NCVH) conference (29–31 May, New Orleans, USA) show positive results for VentureMed Group’s FLEX...

Virtue sirolimus-eluting balloon set for commercial release as Terumo and Orchestra...

Orchestra BioMed and Terumo have formed a global strategic partnership for the development and commercialisation of Virtue sirolimus-eluting balloon (SEB) in the percutaneous coronary...

New indication approved for Guerbet’s Lipiodol Ultra Fluid

A new indication for Lipiodol Ultra Fluid (Guerbet) has been approved in Switzerland and in India for chemoembolization (cTACE) of tumours in adults with...

Pilot study finds post-UFE antibiotic use does not affect infection rates

antibiotics
Post-procedural antibiotic use does not significantly affect infectious complication rates following uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a recent pilot study concludes. Presenting these data at...

BD receives FDA approval for expansion to drug-coated balloon product line

Lutonix
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved expanded sizes of the Lutonix 018 drug-coated balloon (DCB) to treat long superficial femoral artery...

Touchless image navigation facilitates decision-making in the operating room

A recent publication confirms “the utility of touchless image navigation in the sterile field in facilitating decision-making and resource allocation during endovascular procedures.” The...

CIRSE updates and expands their interventional radiology curriculum for medical students

curriculum
The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) has released a newly revised interventional radiology (IR) curriculum for medical students. Where the original...

MHRA issues medical device alert for paclitaxel use in the UK

MDA
Do not use paclitaxel drug-coated balloons (DCBs) or drug-eluting stents (DESs) in the routine treatment of patients with intermittent claudication until further notice, a...

SAVE-US pivotal trial completes enrollment and has positive clinical results

SAVE-US
The SAVE-US (Surfacer system to facilitate access in venous occlusions—United States) pivotal trial has completed enrollment. The SAVE-US trial is evaluating the safety and...

MHRA limits routine clinical use of paclitaxel devices following expert advisory...

MHRA
The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) acted to limit the future use of paclitaxel-eluting stents and paclitaxel-coated balloons in routine clinical...

Best of GEST 2019

The 2019 GEST (Global Embolization Oncology Symposium Technologies) Symposium took place on 9–12 May in New York, USA, with a new focus this year...

Patients deserve improved access to IR services

access
In the wake of the recent joint statement from the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) and the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) advocating...

BSIR and RCR joint statement supports increased provision of interventional radiology...

access
The Interventional Radiology Committee of the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), in collaboration with the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR), have released a...

SWEDEPAD trials set to resume enrolment

Investigators of SWEDEPAD have announced the conclusion of their safety committee analysis, which recommends the halted trials resume enrolment. This decision to consider resuming enrolment...

The reactive and repetitive multidisciplinary CLI team

multidisciplinary
It is imperative that every medical institution has an interdisciplinary CLI team, argues Jihad Mustapha. Here, he exhorts the benefits of working in such...

FDA clears the only radiation reduction technology that integrates into mobile...

ControlRad
ControlRad has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad Trace. The company has initiated its...

Merit Medical’s PhD polycarbonate haemostasis valve now available in the USA

PhD
Merit Medical has announced the launch of its PhD (“push, hold, deliver”) polycarbonate haemostasis control valve, now available in the USA. The dual-seal PhD...

The emborrhoid technique in 2019: An outpatient option for patients in...

  As a world-leading advocate of the “emborrhoid” technique—the embolization of the superior rectal arteries—and the lead author of the 2015 study demonstrating the procedure’s...

Proximo Medical selected as commercialisation partner for Walk Vascular

Proximo Medical has announced that it has been selected as the marketing and commercial partner for Walk Vascular, a medical device company that has...

Uterine fibroid embolization is safe and effective: An interview on its...

uterine fibroid embolization
Interventional News speaks to Jemianne Bautista-Jia about her research on uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). “Being in the same demographic as my patients allows me...

“The era of healthcare disruption is here”: Alan Matsumoto urges IR...

Interventional radiologists must work as a group to make the practice of medicine more patient-centric and efficient, said Alan H Matsumoto, professor and chair...

Only Eluvia Uses a Polymer for Controlled, Targeted Delivery of the...

Eluvia DES is the only technology that uses polymer-based drug delivery to treat Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Its polymer ensures that the majority of...

FAIR-Embo hopes to spread safe, cheap embolization around the world

FAIR-Embo
Vincent Vidal (Marseille, France) and colleagues have demonstrated the in vivo feasibility of arterial embolization with permanent and absorbable suture fragments, leading them to...

IR community backs PAE and calls for close collaboration with urologists

PAE
Current evidence supports the use of prostate artery embolization (PAE) as a safe, effective, and minimally-invasive treatment for the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia...

Accelerating tumour treatment with “the one-hour” Y-90

Riad Salem (Chicago, USA) tells Interventional News at the SIR annual scientific meeting that removing a key step—the MAA scan to determine lung shunting—in...

Embolization registry will use artificial intelligence to predict patient outcomes

registry
Sandeep Bagla (chair of Interventional Radiology at the Vascular Institute at Virginia, Woodbridge, USA) presented the results of an initial clinical study detailing his...

Philips launches new IntraSight interventional applications platform

IntraSight
Philips has announced the launch of its new IntraSight interventional applications platform. According to a press release, the secure, application-based platform offers a comprehensive...

Embolx extends the sniper balloon occlusion microcatheter family with launch of...

Embolx
Embolx has announced the commercial availability of the new Sniper K-tip in the USA and Europe. The sniper balloon occlusion family of microcatheters now...

Boston Scientific launches new stent for venous obstructive disease

vici
Boston Scientific has won FDA approval for its Vici Venous Stent System for the treatment of iliofemoral venous obstructive disease. The device received CE mark...

Could selective liquid biopsy drive the one-shot treatment of melanoma?

Within the context of liquid biopsy’s rising clinical application, Bruno Damascelli and Vladimira Tichà propose a means of improving this analytical technique through selective...

CX 2019: Why a signed consent form “is not consent”

Jonathan Beard (Sheffield, UK) discusses the current medico-legal issues in the field and explains how interventionalists can become “the fall-guy for the inadequacies of...

Preliminary results indicate IRE stimulates the immune response to improve survival...

IRE
Hester Scheffer (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) advocates for the use of combined irreversible electroporation (IRE) and other immune stimulatory therapies to achieve greater overall survival...

SIR 2019: Mixed reality will be “the future” for interventional physicians

mixed reality
The use of mixed reality will enable interventionists to see 3D anatomy ‘in 3D’, as a hologram (as opposed to on a 2D screen). “Having holography...

Voice recognition to play “a huge part” in future interventional procedures

voice
 Kevin Seals (San Francisco, USA) and Andrew Taylor (San Francisco, USA) talk to Interventional News at SIR 2019 about the current and future use...

CX audience votes against neurointerventionists exclusively performing intracranial thrombectomy

In the closest debate of the Acute Stroke Challenges session that took place on the first day of the Charing Cross (CX) Symposium (15–18...

Imperative care announces US clearance of the ZOOM aspiration system

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) clearance to the ZOOM aspiration system (Imperative Care), a family of products designed to...

ACTION trial finds ACT-guided heparinisation increases patient safety

Implementing a method of heparinisation guided by activated clotting time (ACT), with a goal of 200–220 seconds, provides a “promising” increase in safety and...

Appropriate follow-up of patients after endovascular procedures

Marianne Brodmann outlines follow-up and surveillance protocols after endovascular treatments for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), arguing for a standardised approach to ensure best practice...

NIH provides US$2.8 million grant to develop steerable robotic guidewire

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has awarded a US$2.8 million grant to support the development of an...

SIRT approved for routine commissioning on the NHS

NHS
National Health Service (NHS) England have announced that selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) using yttrium-90 (Y-90) microspheres will now be routinely commissioned for NHS...

Guerbet receives CE mark approval for SeQure and DraKon microcatheters for...

  SeQure and DraKon (Guerbet), two novel microcatheters for peripheral embolization procedures, are set for commercial launch in Europe. The devices have received the CE...

Cook Medical releases patient-level data from Zilver PTX paclitaxel-coated balloon study

patient-level
Cook Medical has released de-identifiable patient-level data from a clinical trial of its Zilver PTX peripheral paclitaxel-eluting stent. The move comes a month after the...

New study points to SFDI as promising technology for assessing patients...

New evidence supports the utility of spatial frequency domain imaging (SFDI) for identifying compromised circulation in patients at risk of peripheral arterial disease (PAD)....

While CX audience deems paclitaxel not dangerous, vascular pathologist says establishing...

paclitaxel
Delegates voted overwhelmingly against the notion that there was a demonstrable danger in any organ of the body attributed to circulating paclitaxel. These polling...

New MIMICS-2 trial data show helical stents provide durable treatment of...

New data from the MIMICS-2 trial show the BioMimics 3D stent, which mimics natural vascular curvature, remains safe and effective for patients with symptomatic...

Study argues ambulatory office-based treatment is possible for high-risk patients

Office-based lower extremity arterial interventions are feasible, safe, and cost-effective, and provide high levels of patient satisfaction. Enrico Ascher (Brooklyn, USA) presented data that...

0.018-inch drug delivery platforms are as effective as 0.035-inch devices

drug delivery
Interventionists can confidently use lower profile drug delivery platforms, based on data that show 0.018-inch guidewire devices are noninferior to 0.035-inch guidewires. In a...

AngioDynamics receives FDA approval to initiate NanoKnife DIRECT clinical study for...

NanoKnife
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved AngioDynamic’s investigational device exemption (IDE) application for NanoKnife Irreversible Electroporation “Direct IRE Cancer Treatment” clinical...

Response: The ASBMR taskforce report is “dangerous” and “shameful”

vertebroplasty
A recent taskforce report charged by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) concluded that current evidence does not support the routine...

Call for IRs to standardise reporting of procedures to aid HCC...

HCC
The lessons learned from a recent research article were outlined in a presentation by interventional radiologist Maxime Ronot (Beaujon University Hospital, Paris, France) at...

Y-90 radioembolization in hepatocellular carcinoma: “Liver function is key”

Jens Ricke (Department of Radiology, University Hospital LMU Munich, Germany) presented the latest evidence about Y-90 radioembolization in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) at the 2019...

Avinger receives FDA clearance of Pantheris SV device

Avinger has announced that the company received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its Pantheris SV (small vessel) image-guided...

Biotronik expands peripheral portfolio with a new treatment tool for interventions...

biotronik
Biotronik has launched the Carnelian support catheter, designed to improve the access for treatment of tortuous and highly calcified lesions. Carnelian support is indicated...

In memoriam—Professor João Bexiga Martins Pisco (1941–2019)

Pisco
Tiago Bilhim remembers Professor João Bexiga Martins Pisco, who passed away on 26 March 2019, during the annual meeting of the Society of Interventional...

CIRSE updates position on paclitaxel use in peripheral arteries

CIRSE
The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) has released a statement on the use of paclitaxel-coated balloons and stents in the treatment...

Specialty should not be barrier to acquiring specific stroke training to...

 Martin Radvany (Little Rock, USA) and Joan Wojak (Lafayette, USA) tell Interventional News that there is a shortage of physicians that are trained to...

SIR president, Laura Findeiss, outlines efforts to increase global access to...

Laura Findeiss, (Atlanta, USA) president of SIR, talks to Interventional News about the society's efforts to improve access to interventional radiology (IR) in communities...

2019 Charles T Dotter Lecture: Unity and having patients as our...

Alan Matsumoto (Charlottesville, USA) talks to Interventional News about the disruption and fragmentation that is causing a “tornado in healthcare”. He expanded on how...

Update from the SVS paclitaxel safety task force

In response to the updated letter to healthcare providers from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) released...

Interventional News Issue 73—March 2019 US Edition

US FDA continues to investigate paclitaxel devices in the leg (pages 1–2) Artificial intelligence will cause “paradigm shift” in interventional radiology (IR) practice...

Biopsy alternative: ‘Wearable’ device captures cancer cells from blood

cancer
A prototype wearable device, tested in animal models, can continuously collect live cancer cells directly from a patient’s blood. Proposed as an alternative to...

Laura Findeiss

IR
After coming across interventional radiology in a “fortunate accident”, the 2019–2020 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) president Laura Findeiss talks to Interventional News about...

Interventional radiologists achieve similar clinical outcomes to published data for complex...

Appropriately trained interventional radiologists performing endovascular thrombectomy in technically complicated stroke cases achieve similar reperfusion and clinical outcomes to those reported in the published...

Merit’s Embosphere microspheres receive expanded indication to control haemorrhaging in the...

embosphere
The FDA has cleared an expanded indication of Embosphere microspheres (Merit Medical) for the embolization of blood vessels to occlude blood flow in the...

Global registry to collect real-world data on liver lesions ablated with...

registry
A new global registry from Ethicon (part of Johnson & Johnson medical device companies) has been launched to collect and analyse real-world data on...

The importance of paediatric interventional radiology for the treatment of Parkes...

Parkes Weber Syndrome
Daryl Goldman, Suroosh Marzban, and Robert Rosen highlight the use of catheter-based techniques for the treatment of Parkes Weber syndrome in children. Summarising their...

GEMS programme launches to promote diversity in IR specialty

women
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) announced the establishment of the Grants for Education of Medical Students (GEMS) programme at its 2019 annual scientific...

Gallbladder cryoablation “promising” minimally invasive cholecystitis treatment in high-risk patients

gallbladder
A first-in-human trial finds that gallbladder cryoablation to be a promising alternative to long-term cholecystostomy tube drainage for the treatment of cholecystitis in non-operative...

Interventional News Issue 73—March 2019

Issue 73
US FDA continues to investigate paclitaxel devices in the leg (pages 1–2) Artificial intelligence will cause "paradigm shift" in interventional radiology (IR) practice...

SIR 2019 Gold Medallists exemplify outstanding achievement in interventional radiology

gold
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) presented its highest honour, the SIR Gold Medal, to Alan H Matsumoto, Daniel Picus and James B Spies...

Virtual reality enables real-time, internal view of patient anatomy during treatment

Immersive virtual reality (VR) may enable interventional radiologists to improve treatments using real-time 3D images from inside a patient’s blood vessels. New research presented...

Uterine fibroid embolization safer and as effective as surgical treatment

fibroid
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) effectively treats uterine fibroids with fewer post-procedure complications compared to myomectomy, according to new research presented at the Society of...

Training IRs to perform thrombectomies maintains quality of stroke care and...

Training interventional radiologists to perform endovascular thrombectomies results in positive outcomes for patients experiencing stroke, according to a study presented at the Society of...

BrightWater Medical’s ConvertX biliary stent system receives FDA clearance

BrightWater Medical has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the company’s ConvertX biliary stent system for the treatment of...

New interventional radiology treatment for “tennis elbow” reduces pain and inflammation...

Tennis elbow, the painful chronic condition that affects up to 3% of the US adult population, can be effectively treated through transcatheter arterial embolization...

Smart speaker technology harnessed for hospital medical treatments

smart
Smart speakers that are customarily used in your living room can be programmed to act as an aid to physicians in hospital operating rooms,...

Mentice donates IR simulators to Rad-Aid

mentice
Endovascular therapy training provider Mentice has signed an agreement to donate its virtual reality-based simulators to humanitarian organisation Rad-Aid for use in interventional radiology...

Interventional radiologists earn higher salaries than diagnostic radiologists

interventional radiologists salary
Interventional radiologists earned higher salaries in the USA in 2018 than their colleagues in diagnostic radiology, according to the latest data from AuntMinnie.com’s SalaryScan...

FDA grants 510(k) clearance to software suite for molecular imaging and...

imaging
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to the company DOSIsoft to market its Planet Onco Dose software, for its...

Radiology trainees’ exposure to invasive procedures is in decline

As interventional radiology evolves as a distinct specialty from diagnostic radiology, the central and ongoing role of diagnostic radiologists in performing certain invasive radiological...

Pooled analysis of four RCTs finds no increased mortality with paclitaxel-coated...

pooled
A new paper looking specifically at mortality has found no difference in deaths between paclitaxel-coated balloons and uncoated balloons when used in the femoropopliteal...

Paclitaxel-releasing devices: An unfolding story

paclitaxel
Paclitaxel Timeline: Meta-analysis finds a higher risk of death in the long term when paclitaxel-coated devices are used in the leg Without additional long-term...

“No further trials of vertebroplasty should be performed”, report concludes

vertebroplasty
Current evidence does not support the use of vertebroplasty for the treatment of pain from vertebral fractures, concludes a recent task force report charged...

BD receives US FDA Approval for Venovo venous stent

BD has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted premarket approval for the Venovo venous stent, the first stent indicated...

Patients prefer transradial access to transfemoral, study finds

Patients have a strong preference for transradial access, a recent study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology finds. Lead author Lisa...

Y90 radioembolization shows promise in treating metastatic pancreatic cancer

Encouraging results from Y90 (yttrium-90) radioembolization of pancreatic cancer support a possible role for it in the management of the disease, with initial small...

Adding cryoablation to sorafenib improves the efficacy of renal cell carcinoma...

cryoablation
Cryoablation increases the clinical efficacy of treatment with the oral multi-target antitumour drug sorafenib for advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a new study published...

Endovascular denervation may offer new approach to cancer pain relief

denervation
Endovascular denervation can improve pain in patients with abdominal cancer and may offer a new approach to palliative care, according to a study recently...

New clinical practice guidelines for management of chronic kidney disease

kidney
The National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (NKF KDOQI) provides evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for haemodialysis vascular access and related complications, and...

CASSINI trial results inconclusive on rivaroxaban effects in high-risk ambulatory cancer...

CASSINI
The CASSINI trial found that treatment with rivaroxaban did not significantly reduce the incidence of thromboembolism or death caused by thromboembolism in high-risk ambulatory...

Depression and peripheral arterial disease: A call to action

depression
With “an indisputable association between depression and peripheral arterial disease (PAD)”—nearly a third of PAD patients experience comorbid depression or depressive symptoms—Joel Ramirez and...

Artificial intelligence will cause “paradigm shift” in IR practice

Artificial intelligence
Clinicians are calling for increased collaboration between computer scientists, biomedical engineers and interventional radiologists as machine learning is posited to play a more prominent...

Adept Medical launches the overhead arm support

overhead
The New Zealand-based Adept Medical has launched an overhead arm support designed to support the patient’s arms intraoperatively. The overhead arm support eliminates shoulder...

US FDA continues to investigate paclitaxel devices in the leg

FDA
A meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) late last year by Konstantinos Katsanos (Patras, Greece) and colleagues, suggesting an...

Scott Gottlieb resigns as head of US FDA

Gottlieb
The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, has unexpectedly resigned after serving just shy of two years in the...

First geniculate artery embolization in the UK performed

GAEvideo
The first geniculate artery embolization (GAE) to take place in the UK to treat osteoarthritis pain in the knee has been performed by Mark...

Peregrine catheter demonstrated 100% procedural success in post-market clinical trial

peregrine
The Peregrine System infusion catheter (Ablative Solutions) has demonstrated 100% procedural success in the Peregrine post-market clinical trial, new data presented during a late-breaking...

SVS announces new task force on paclitaxel safety

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), the premier scientific organisation devoted to the treatment of vascular disease, is concerned about a recent article in...

“No evidence of increased long-term mortality” with paclitaxel-eluting stent in new...

“Drug-eluting stents (DES) are important additions to the armamentarium of devices used for peripheral artery revascularization, associated with decreased rates of restenosis and target...

Five ways to improve interventional radiology

According to a new survey of European interventional radiology (IR) departments published in Insights into Imaging, five steps should be taken to improve provision...

Vascular Leaders Forum discussions seek consensus on paclitaxel

The Vascular Leaders Forum (VLF, 1–2 March, Washington DC, USA), hosted by the non-profit organisation VIVA Physicians, is a special consortium which was called...

“IR education and science have no borders”: APSCVIR 2019 meeting round-up

The 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APSCVIR) took place in Bali, Indonesia earlier this year...

Two companies with paclitaxel-coated devices issue corrections to published data

Medtronic
Both Medtronic and Cook Medical have issued corrections to published data regarding the safety of their paclitaxel-coated devices. While Medtronic have revised IN-PACT post-market...

Novel catheter delivering liquid paclitaxel safely and effectively prevents restenosis in...

occlusion
The efficacy and safety of a novel catheter delivering liquid paclitaxel for the prevention of restenosis in below-the-knee lesions has been confirmed by study...

Medtronic revises IN.PACT post-market study data due to programming error, but...

Medtronic
Medtronic has issued the following statement regarding revised clinical study data: Recently, Medtronic became aware of a programming error in the clinical data reporting isolated...

Philips launches Zenition mobile C-arm platform

Zenition
Philips Zenition, a new mobile C-arm imaging platform from Philips, has launched in the USA, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is being introduced into...

BD receives FDA 510(k) clearance of WavelinQ 4F endoAVF system

BD has announced the 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the WavelinQ 4F endoAVF system earlier this month. The endoAVF...

Success of stereotactic radiofrequency ablation in larger tumours “challenges resection as...

SRFA
According to recent research from Reto Bale and colleagues, multi-probe stereotactic radiofrequency ablation with intraprocedural image fusion represents an efficient invasive therapy for hepatocellular...

New analysis finds “an association of survival” with drug-coated device use...

A recent US-wide, multicentre analysis has found no evidence of increased all-cause mortality associated with the use of paclitaxel-coated devices compared with non-drug-coated devices...

Promising first-time data indicate human stem cell trial is safe, prompting...

stem cell
A first-in-human, phase I clinical trial using stem cells to prevent venous stenosis formation in arteriovenous (AV) fistulas yields promising results. Sanjay Misra (Mayo...

US FDA grants premarket approval of MANTA vascular closure device

MANTA
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given premarket approval (PMA) for the MANTA vascular closure device from Teleflex. This device is the...

Biotronik introduces the first tri-axial 4F low-profile stent system

Biotronik has presented the company's Pulsar-18 T3 stent system for the first time during the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC; 22–24 January, Leipzig, Germany).  The Pulsar-18...

Atherectomy included in pivotal study of QT Vascular’s Chocolate Touch DCB

chocolate
The FDA has granted approval to include the use of atherectomy for lesion preparation in its ongoing US pivotal study of the Chocolate Touch...

PreludeSYNC DISTAL compression device now available globally

PreludeSYNC
The PreludeSYNC DISTAL compression device (Merit Medical) is now available in US, European, Middle Eastern, African, and Asia-Pacific markets. The device is the first...

Anthony Comerota honoured with career achievement award at ISET

comerota
Anthony Comerota, of the Inova Medical Group, Alexandria, USA, received the career achievement award at the 31st International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET; 27-30...

Chelation therapy surprises experts with positive results in diabetic patients with...

chelation
A pilot study of edetate disodium-based chelation in diabetic patients with critical limb ischaemia (CLI) has positive results, leading the study investigators to “cautiously...

ISET Paclitaxel Town Hall: Vast majority of attendees will not change...

paclitaxel
The discussion around the use of paclitaxel-coated and eluting devices continues at the 31st International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET; 27-30 January 2019, Hollywood,...

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions supports continued use of paclitaxel...

SCAI
Experts from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) have reviewed the recent meta-analysis by Katsanos and colleagues and have concluded that the...

Three-year Japanese results show IN.PACT Admiral DCB offers “consistent and durable”...

AV access
The IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB; Medtronic) exhibits a consistent and durable treatment effect in “a more complex patient demographic than typically seen in...

Vici stent meets primary endpoints in VIRTUS 12-month data

New 12-month data from the VIRTUS trial demonstrate that patients who were treated with the Vici venous stent system (Boston Scientific) for iliac and...

Latest data from Philips reinforces the safety profile of Stellarex low-dose...

stellarex
A new pooled analysis of patient-level data from Philips demonstrates the “strong safety profile” of the its Stellarex drug-coated balloon (DCB) in above-the-knee studies,...

Gastric embolization unfit as standalone obesity treatment

gastric
Determining the potential role of interventional radiologists in obesity treatment is increasingly important, as the global number of obese patients has long since swollen...

BASIL-3 and SWEDEPAD trials paused for review of paclitaxel meta-analysis data

The findings published by Konstantinos Katsanos and colleagues in JAHA quickly sparked wide-spread debate across the vascular community, as the meta-analysis’ implications and questions...

BIBLIOS trial has obtained ethics approval and initiated patient enrolment

BIBLIOS
The BIBLIOS trial has received Ethics Committee (EC) approval, and enrolled its first patient. This announcement comes from Wouter Lansink, who will be treating this...

Smoking cigarettes associated with increased risk of peripheral arterial disease in...

cigarette
African Americans who smoke cigarettes are more likely than those who do not smoke to develop peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to new research...

Nellix system CE Mark suspended

CE
The CE Mark for the Nellix endovascular aneurysm sealing system (Endologix) has been suspended by its Notified Body, GMED, following a voluntary recall and...

Patient-level survival analysis demonstrates no link between paclitaxel dose and mortality...

Medtronic
New data on the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB; Medtronic) in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the superficial femoral (SFA) and popliteal...

Data presented at LINC confirm the safety and effectiveness of Zilver...

Findings presented at the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC; 22–25 January 2019, Leipzig, Germany) contradict the results of a meta-analysis published in the Journal of...

Number of studies authored by female IRs on the rise

female
Women are equally as productive as men in terms of number of publications, citations, and grants, a recent study investigating the impact of women...

Preliminary in vitro data is promising for Anaconda Biomed’s advanced thrombectomy...

Preliminary in vitro data on Anaconda Biomed’s advanced thrombectomy system showed that the reperfusion rates with this novel system outperformed competing mechanical thrombectomy devices...

US government shutdown disrupting FDA work

shutdown
The US government shutdown means the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot accept new user fees, which means the agency cannot accept new...

Philips launches Azurion with FlexArm to aid image-guided procedures

Azurion
Philips launches its Azurion with FlexArm platform to aid patient imaging and positioning during image-guided procedures. Azurion with FlexArm allows clinicians to intraoperatively visualise patient...

Weighing up the radiation risks in CT-guided vs. fluoroscopy-guided spinal injections

spinal
New research published in Radiology reports that CT-guidance is just as effective a tool for allowing interventional radiologists (IRs) to perform lumbar spinal injections...

Paediatric IR is coming of age

paediatric
Honoured as the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR)/ British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) travelling professor for 2017–2018, Alex Barnacle delivered the Graham Plant...

New DVT device completes first-in-human trial

vetex
The first-in-human case using the new deep vein thrombosis (DVT) device Vetex thrombectomy catheter (Vetex Medical) has recently been completed in a multicentre study....

Medtronic and Boston Scientific stand by paclitaxel devices despite Katsanos’ critical...

medtronic
Speaking to investors at the JP Morgan healthcare conference in San Francisco, executives from Medtronic and Boston Scientific said their data do not show...

Stereotactic radiofrequency ablation is effective even in tumours over 3cm, study...

stereotactic
Multi-probe stereotactic radiofrequency ablation (SRFA) with intraprocedural image fusion represents an efficient minimally invasive therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), even with tumour sizes larger...

Rural communities have limited access to IR services in the USA

rural
  The results of an American College of Radiology (ACR) survey find that small hospitals and rural communities experience greater difficulty recruiting and retaining interventional...

Establishing an interventional radiology unit in Uganda

Uganda
It is time to change patient care for an entire country, writes Gregory Makris. After travelling to Uganda and learning that the country’s 40...

IZI Medical acquires Quick-Core biopsy and breast localisation needle assets from Cook...

IZI
IZI Medical Products (IZI) has acquired select soft tissue biopsy and breast localisation needle assets from Cook Medical.  The acquired portfolio of products is...

Cryoablation shows promise in treating low-risk breast cancers

cryoablation
Cryoablation shows early indications of effectiveness in treating women with low-risk breast cancers, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological...

Tack Endovascular System launches in the EU with first commercial use...

The first commercial use of the Tack Endovascular System (Intact Vascular) has taken place in multiple hospitals within Germany. A novel therapy for dissection...

QuiremScout, the first and only product indicated for SIRT work-up, receives...

SIRT
QuiremScout (Quirem Medical) has received CE mark, making it available for clinical centres throughout Europe. QuiremScout is designed to advance the SIRT (selective internal...

Unrestricted sales of the Nellix System to cease as use is...

CE
Unrestricted sales and use of the Nellix System (Endologix) will cease immediately, in order to ensure optimal outcomes for patients, according to Endologix. The...

Revised safety analysis of Medtronic’s IN.PACT Admiral DCB published in JACC

Medtronic has issued the following statement regarding revised clinical study data: On 15 February, 2019, Medtronic issued a statement regarding a programming error in the...

Unique therapeutic approach to treating uncontrolled hypertension receives US$77 million financing

Ablative Solutions has announced the first close of its US$77 million Series D funding round. The round was led by new investor Glide Healthcare,...

TOBA II BTK clinical trial completes enrolment

enrolment
The Tack Optimised Balloon Angioplasty II below-the-knee (TOBA II BTK) clinical trial has successfully completed enrolment, ahead of schedule. This study, sponsored by Intact...

BD’s Lutonix 018 DCB approved by FDA to treat SFA disease

Lutonix
The FDA has granted approval for BD’s 0.018-inch guidewire-compatible Lutonix 018 drug-coated balloon (DCB) for the treatment of long superficial femoral artery lesions in...

Pooled analysis of four RCTs finds drug-coated balloons superior to plain...

pooled
A pooled analysis of four randomised controlled trials finds drug-coated balloon (DCB) angioplasty superior to plain angioplasty in patients with femoropopliteal artery disease, irrespective...

Otsuka Medical Devices completes aquisition of Veryan Medical

Otsuka Medical Devices, a 100% subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd., and Veryan Medical have announced the completion of the acquisition of Veryan by...

Using TEVAR to treat aortic dissection improves survival over open repair

TEVAR
Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) demonstrates a one- and five-year survival advantage over the current “gold standard” practice of medical therapy in the treatment...

Merit Medical acquires Vascular Insights

Merit
Merit Medical has acquired substantially all of the assets of Vascular Insights, based in Quincy, USA. Vascular Insights’ primary assets are the ClariVein IC...

European Society of Radiology and GE Healthcare announce exclusive artificial intelligence...

The European Society of Radiology (ESR) and GE Healthcare are partnering on artificial intelligence for the upcoming European Congress of Radiology (ECR; 27 February–3...

12-month data show UroLift system a good treatment option for men...

UroLift
Twelve-month data from the multicentre prospective MedLift study of the Urolift system (NeoTract, a Teleflex subsidiary) for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) involving a median...

Prelude IDeal hydrophilic sheath launches

IDeal
The Prelude Ideal hydrophilic sheath introducer (Merit Medical) has launched in European, Middle Eastern and African markets. The Prelude Ideal is designed primarily for use...

New clinical practice guidelines for management of abdominal aorto-iliac artery aneurysm:...

The first European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) guideline on treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), published in the European Journal of Vascular and...

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

acquisition
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...

Interventional Radiology profile rises in medicine and at RSNA meeting

RSNA
For the first time at an annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA; 25–30 November, Chicago, USA), interventional radiology (IR) companies...

Enrolment begins in new atherosclerotic lesions study in the superficial femoral...

The first peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patient with disease in the superficial femoral and popliteal arteries has been successfully enrolled in the FORTEZ study....

Physicians call for further work on IRE in pancreatic cancer

Further research into the use of percutaneous irreversible electroporation (IRE) in the treatment of pancreatic cancer is essential, according to Govindarajan Narayanan, chief of...

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...