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SIR and AMA urge Medicare and Medicaid Services to compensate practices...

pandemic
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

Patients with stromal enlargement of the prostate benefit the most from...

stromal
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a good treatment option for patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with minimal complications, according to the 24-month results...

First use of new embolic device for highly targeted tumour treatment...

Interventional News for specialists
A novel embolization device in the interventional oncology space—the GPX embolic device (Fluidx Medical Technology)—has successfully been used in a patient to therapeutically devascularise...

Interventional News Issue 80—November 2020 US Edition

issue
Issue highlights: Catalysed by COVID-19, IR societies say hybrid conferences are here to stay Portal vein embolization with NBCA promotes greater liver growth than...

Interventional News Issue 80—November 2020

issue
Issue highlights: Catalysed by COVID-19, IR societies say hybrid conferences are here to stay Portal vein embolization with NBCA promotes greater liver growth than...

Novel IR technique “stuns” arthritis pain in shoulder and hip

arthritis
A novel outpatient procedure—cooled radiofrequency ablation (c-RFA)—offers lasting pain relief for patients suffering from moderate to severe arthritis in their hip and shoulder joints,...

Catalysed by COVID-19, societies say hybrid conferences are here to stay

“2020 has changed so much. But the need for IO education remains the same.” Cued to music and set against a backdrop of footage...

GIRFT Radiology report calls for expansion of IR day-case capacity in...

GIRFT
The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has welcomed the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) report into imaging services in England, released 10 November....

Adam Hatzidakis

The first person to perform a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt procedure (TIPS) in Greece, Adam Hatzidakis discusses his career-long love affair with the hepato-biliary-pancreatic...

Portal vein embolization with NBCA-lipiodol promotes greater liver growth than PVA...

BestFLR
In a comparison of the regenerative capacity of portal vein embolization (PVE) before major hepatectomies with two different embolic materials, N-butyl-cyanoacrylate (NBCA) with lipiodol...

Cancer treatment beyond systemic chemotherapy: Local intra-tumoural injections demonstrate abscopal effect

tumoural
Preclinical and clinical studies show that local, intra-tumoural injection of immunomodulatory agents can result in the shrinking of tumours distant from the site of...

The evolving role of hepatic ablation

hepatic
Raul Uppot (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA) speaks to Interventional News about the evolution of hepatic ablation, following his talk on the same topic at...

New protocol helps identify best venipuncture site for femoral access

femoral
RaFeVA (Rapid Femoral Vein Assessment), a new protocol, is a rapid and effective tool for the systematic ultrasound evaluation of the veins in the...

“A whole new world for IR”: How ablation is transforming cancer...

ablation
Speaking during a livestreamed session dedicated to state-of-the-art liver therapy hosted by the Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology (CIO) on Tuesday 6 October, Raul...

Radioembolization with Y-90 now “a versatile treatment option” for HCC patients...

radioembolization
As presented at the Global Embolization Oncology Symposium Technologies (GEST) 2020 meeting (4–6 September, virtual), Robert Lewandowski discusses the evolution of radioembolization with Yttrium-90...

Canon launches CT scanner with 90cm bore at ASTRO 2020

CT
Canon Medical Systems has launched its Aquilion Exceed LB (pending 510(k) clearance), a CT scanner dedicated to radiation therapy planning, at this week's American...

RCR and BSIR call for UK stent registry

stents
The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) have called for a UK-wide clinical registry for ureteric stents,...

Older age and diabetes mellitus identified as risk factors for poor...

patency
Different risk factors affect patency between vascular access construction and the first percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, Mahoko Yoshida (Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan) and colleagues...

Combination of immuno-oncology and liver-directed therapy: Where do we stand?

immuno-oncology
Ushering in “the era of IO”, Brad Wood calls for interventional oncologists to learn the language of immuno-oncology—“the other IO”—in order to improve care...

SAVE registry results back safety of Surfacer system

surfacer
The Surfacer Inside-Out access catheter system device (Bluegrass Vascular) is safe and effective for patients with thoracic central venous obstruction requiring central venous access....

Matthew Callstrom

Matthew Callstrom
President-elect of the Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO), Matthew Callstrom discusses his journey into cancer care, and how advances in percutaneous ablation have shaped...

New devices for endovascular thrombectomy discussed at CIRSE

thrombectomy
In a session of the 2020 Cardiovascular and Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) meeting (12–15 September, virtual) focused on the hottest news in the...

CDC recognises and codifies critical limb-threatening ischaemia in ICD-10-CM

CLTI
A coalition organised by the CLI Global Society has announced its proposal to distinctly recognise "critical limb ischaemia" (CLI) and "chronic limb-threatening ischaemia" (CLTI)...

Deep vein arterialisation should be considered in “no option” CLTI patients,...

deep vein arterialisation
Midterm results from a study of the largest population of patients with no-option chronic limb-threatening ischaemia (CLTI) treated with percutaneous deep vein arterialisation (pDVA)...

Surmodics’ Pounce thrombus retrieval system gains FDA 510(k) clearance

Surmodics has announced receipt of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Pounce thrombus retrieval system. The company describes the Pounce system...

First patient recruited into a study to obtain the indication for...

Interventional News for specialists
The first patient has been recruited into a trial investigating the BeGraft peripheral plus stent graft system (Bentley InnoMed) as a dedicated bridging stent...

Gore enhances Viabahn endoprosthesis portfolio with lower profile delivery

Viabahn
Gore has announced the US launch of the lower profile, large diameter Gore Viabahn endoprosthesis. Gore previously received approval from the US Food and Drug...

Fertility after uterine artery embolization: Still an unsolved issue, CIRSE delegates...

fertility
Fertility in patients who have had uterine artery embolization (UAE) is still a “hot topic,” Jean-Pierre Pelage (University Hospital and Medical Center, Caen, France)...

CROSSFIRE trial: IRE induces a more immune-permissive environment in pancreatic cancer...

IRE
Irreversible electroporation (IRE) significantly induces a window of reduced immune suppression two weeks post treatment, allowing the activation of effector T cells that seem...

The value of IVUS in endovascular procedures

IVUS
In this supplement: Paul Gagne explains how intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) can be used to guide the treatment of chronic venous disease, discussing the various...

Patients with multiple revascularisations are at higher risk of acute limb...

rivaroxaban
Symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients undergoing recurrent lower extremity revascularisation have higher rates of ischaemic events, particularly acute limb ischaemia, than those patients...

Calls in Germany for reimbursement as analysis shows drug-eluting technology is...

reimbursement
Stefan Müller-Hülsbeck (Ev Luth Diakonissenanstalt zu Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany) presented attendees of the online meeting of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe...

“No signal of increased risk of long-term mortality” with paclitaxel-coated Luminor...

Luminor
An ad hoc, two-year analysis of the EffPac study found no signal of increased risk of long-term mortality, nor any adverse events, within two...

Win for paclitaxel as SAVER registry “reinforces the safety profile” of...

SAVER
“The SAVER registry reinforces the safety and effectiveness profile for the Stellarex drug-coated balloon (DCB; Philips) in a real-world patient population,” Konstantinos Stavroulakis (St...

24-month AVeNEW study results: Covered stent angioplasty “statistically superior” to angioplasty...

covered
Against the backdrop of increasing end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prevalence in the USA, Bart Dolmatch (Portola Valley, USA) presented the 24-month results of the...

New prediction model for target lesion revascularisation grants “new level of...

predict
“Please feel free to utilise this in your practice,” Michael Dake (University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, USA) urged on the first day of...

Biotronik’s Passeo-35 Xeo PTA balloon catheter is now available in Europe

Passeo-35
Biotronik today announced European market release of the Passeo-35 Xeo percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon catheter. A company press release states that, compared to...

UAE preserves fertility in patients with uterine arteriovenous malformations, single centre...

arteriovenous
Uterine artery embolization (UAE) preserved fertility in “at least 75% of patients with acquired uterine arteriovenous malformations,” according to a recent single centre study...

Lipiodol offers an effective therapeutic option for melanoma patients suffering postoperative...

lymphadenectomy
Lymphatic fistulae and/or lymphoceles in the groin following radical lymphadenectomy are frequent, and therapeutic options are needed to avoid severe restrictions for oncologic patients...

Interventional News Issue 79—September 2020 US Edition

Interventional News
FEMME trial finds myomectomy improves quality of life more than UAE at two years Six-month IN.PACT AV Access results show superiority of DCB...

Interventional News Issue 79—September 2020

Interventional News
FEMME trial finds myomectomy improves quality of life more than UAE at two years Six-month IN.PACT AV Access results show superiority of DCB...

SIR-Spheres Y-90 resin microspheres meet drug registration requirements in China

Y-90
Sirtex Medical and its shareholders, China Grand Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Holdings Limited (CGP) have been issued a “Notice of Drug Clinical Trial Approval” by...

The largest European cohort on the treatment of liver cancer with...

The largest European-wide observational study on the treatment of primary and metastatic liver tumours with SIR-Spheres microspheres (Sirtex) will present its data on safety...

NCCN incorporates SIO recommendations in 2020 guidelines for neuroendocrine tumour treatment

NCCN
The Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO) National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Task Force submitted recommendations to the NCCN for the latest revision of the...

SIR’s focus on diversity and inclusion: “There needs to be representation...

diversity
In response to the global outcry following the murder of an unarmed black American, George Floyd, by police in Minneapolis in late May of...

Lobbying at social and political levels “crucial” to raise UAE profile

UAE
“Unnecessary hysterectomies” could be avoided by involving interventional radiologists at gynaecology multidisciplinary team meetings and in the patient counselling process, Gregory Markris, Saqib Butt,...

Sirtex Medical completes enrollment of landmark US RESiN registry

Y-90
Sirtex Medical reports that enrollment in the US RESiN registry has reached a milestone of 1,650 patients and 12.8 months of follow-up, allowing for...

Authors from 750 German universities to publish in CVIR Endovascular free...

As of August 2020, corresponding authors from more than 750 German universities and research institutions are able to publish in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology...

Sirtex Medical partners with Magle Chemoswed to develop imaging agent

Interventional News for specialists
Sirtex Medical has announced a collaboration with Magle Chemoswed, a Sweden-based contract development and manufacturing organisation. The development and commercial agreement grants Sirtex global use...

ECIO 2020 “will not take place as a physical meeting”

meeting
The European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO), hosted by the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) have announced that their November meeting...

Novel use of Y-90 radioembolization could transform prostate cancer treatment

radioembolization
In an entirely new endeavour for Yttrium-90 (Y-90) radioembolization, investigators from Northwestern University, Chicago, USA, have used the technique for the treatment of prostate...

Interventional Oncology 2.0: Soul-searching to define our identity

interventional oncology
Julius Chapiro and Lynn Savic claim there is “no need for scepticism” about the recent emergence and growth of immuno-oncology from an interventional oncologists’...

Over 15,000 delegates attended ECR 2020

The European Society of Radiology (ESR) announced attendance was up for its virtual European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2020, which took place from 15–19...

Responding to the FEMME trial: “UAE should be considered whenever myomectomy...

UAE
Responding to the results of the FEMME (Fibroids with embolization or myomectomy to measure the effect on quality of life) trial, James Spies suggests...

Vertebroplasty to receive Medicare funding in Australia

Medicare
The Australian Medicare Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) has recommended restoring Medicare funding for vertebroplasty in patients with severely painful thoracolumbar fractures of less than...

VAPOUR trial results reinstate Medicare funding for vertebroplasty in Australia

VAPOUR
Lead author of the VAPOUR trial (Vertebroplasty for Acute Painful Osteoporotic fractURes) William Clark discusses the recent history of Australian Medicare funding for vertebroplasty,...

Intermittent claudication: EffPac trial confirms benefit and safety of paclitaxel-coated balloon...

EffPac
In the EffPac trial, designed to compare a drug-coated and an uncoated balloon in the treatment of vascular occlusion in the femoropopliteal region, the...

Interventional radiology assumes a more prominent role amid pandemic

interventional radiology
Interventional radiology is “an operational and financial hedge” for hospitals during COVID-19, Mikin Patel (University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, USA) and co-authors...

Repeat PAE: Safe and effective for patients who initially responded positively...

repeat PAE
Repeat prostatic artery embolization (PAE) is safe and effective for recurrence of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) or acute urinary retention caused by benign...

PRIZER, new multicentre PAD study, launches

PRIZER
A new post-market study investigating the effectiveness of the Renzan peripheral stent system (Terumo) in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) has been initiated....

Sirtex Medical launches SIROS system for SIR-Spheres resin microspheres delivery

SIROS
A new system designed to deliver Yttrium-90 (Y-90) resin microspheres during targeted liver cancer therapies, SIROS (Sirtex) has launched commercially. A company press release states:...

COVID-19 has had a “significant impact” on interventional radiology training

training
“Decreases in caseload and widespread cancellation of conferences have had significant impact on diagnostic and interventional radiology (DR/IR) training during COVID-19 restrictions,” Ahmed M...

FEMME trial finds myomectomy improves quality of life more than UAE at...

FEMME
Results from a multicentre, randomised controlled trial—FEMME—published today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) indicate that myomectomy shows superior fibroid-related quality of life at two...

Ziehm acquires Therenva

ziehm
C-arm developer Ziehm Imaging has purchased imaging software developer Therenva. The acquisition comes after two years of work together, Ziehm said. The purchase will allow Ziehm to...

Bill Rilling

rilling
Instrumental to the development of interventional oncology in the USA and globally, William (Bill) Rilling tracks how the discipline has grown over the course...

Interventional radiologist Jim Reekers awarded ESR Gold Medal

Reekers
Jim Reekers (Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Editor-in-chief of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (CVIR) Endovascular, was awarded the European Society of Radiology (ESR) Gold...

Early experience with the SeQure® microcatheter reduces risks of non-target embolization...

SeQure®
This advertorial is sponsored by Guerbet. SeQure® As the leader of an investigator-initiated, Phase 2 study evaluating the safety and efficacy of the SeQure® microcatheter...

Interventional News Issue 78—July 2020 US Edition

Issue
A decade of PAE data demonstrates the procedure’s safety and efficacy: “Its time is now” IR beyond COVID-19 Virtual conference coverage: CX 2020 LIVE, SIR...

Interventional News Issue 78—July 2020

Issue
A decade of PAE data demonstrates the procedure's safety and efficacy: "Its time is now" IR beyond COVID-19 Virtual conference coverage: CX 2020...

A decade of PAE data demonstrates the procedure’s safety and efficacy:...

SeQure®
Ten-year data published in Radiology show that prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a safe and effective treatment for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH),...

The first virtual CIRSE: What you need to know

CIRSE
Ahead of the first ever virtual meeting of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE), Thomas Kröncke, chairperson of the CIRSE 2020...

First synchronised imaging system interface for MRI presented at ECR

imaging
A new imaging system interface for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was presented on the first day of the 2020 European Congress of Radiology (ECR)...

Terumo acquires Quirem Medical

Terumo
Terumo Corporation has announced it has completed the acquisition of Quirem Medical, a Netherlands-based healthcare start-up specialising in the development of next-generation microspheres for...

Avicenna.AI secures FDA clearance for its CINA Head neurovascular imaging artificial...

CINA
Medical imaging artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Avicenna.AI has announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its...

Dynetic-35 balloon-expandable cobalt chromium iliac stent system gains CE mark

Dynetic-35
Dynetic-35, the balloon-expandable cobalt chromium iliac stent system from Biotronik, is now commercially available in Europe. Indicated for the treatment of de novo or...

Penumbra augments vascular franchise with latest Indigo System launch and newly...

Indigo
The Indigo System Lightning 12 (Penumbra) is now commercially available in the USA, the company has revealed. In addition, Penumbra has announced the appointment...

GEST to take place virtually in September 2020

GEST
The Global Embolization and Oncology Symposium Technology (GEST) has announced that it will take place virtually this year. Previously planned to be hosted in...

Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology impact factor passes key milestone...

JVIR
The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology's (JVIR's) impact factor—one measure of a journal's influence based on the number of article citations compared to...

Radioembolization paper publication a “landmark moment” for IR-Hepatology collaboration

Hepatology
The cover of June’s edition of the Journal of Hepatology featured a paper on transarterial radioembolization for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Publication...

UK issues new patient information on COVID-19

RCR
The UK Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has collaborated with the Society of Radiographers to create a leaflet for patients coming to the hospital...

“Significant heterogeneity” in IR training across Europe

ETF
The European Trainee Forum (ETF) Subcommittee of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) has published a report on the status of...

Transluminal biliary biopsy forceps set and Zilver 635 biliary stent now...

stent
The Transluminal Biliary Biopsy Forceps Set (BBFS) and a new 40-centimetre delivery system line extension of the existing Zilver 635 Biliary stent (both from...

Rexgenero acquires the key technology and programme assets of aratinga.bio SAS...

Rexgenero
Rexgenero, a regenerative medicine company developing advanced cell therapies to treat chronic limb-threatening ischaemia (CLTI), has announced the acquisition of all the key assets...

Enrolment begins in DEEPER LIMUS study of Reflow Medical’s temporary spur...

Limus
The first patients have been enrolled in the single centre DEPPER LIMUS clinical trial, Reflow Medical has announced. The non-randomised pilot study will evaluate...

New balloon catheter available in USA for use in the treatment...

balloon catheter
The Advance Serenity Hydrophilic percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon catheter is now available to physicians in the USA. The catheter is manufactured by Surmodics...

Transarterial chemoperfusion is safe and feasible in advanced mesothelioma

transarterial
A novel treatment for advanced mesothelioma is safe and effective and may improve the quality of life for patients who have few treatment...

Vascular access: Covera stent superior to plain balloon angioplasty in stenotic...

covera
A covered stent provides significantly better target lesion primary patency than percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of stenotic lesions in the venous outflow of upper...

Arterial embolization of the shoulder improves adhesive capsulitis patients’ pain and...

shoulder
A new, nonsurgical treatment decreases errant blood flow in the shoulder to quickly reduce pain and improve function in patients with adhesive capsulitis, also...

House-call model tapping interventional radiology improves outcomes and access to care

house call
Interventional radiologists participating in a collaborative house call model in rural Indiana, USA, helped reduce emergency department use by 77% and hospital re-admissions by...

Study demonstrates feasibility of hologram technology in liver tumour ablation

hologram
Data from one of the first clinical uses of augmented reality guidance with electromagnetically tracked tools shows that the technology may help doctors quickly,...

“We believe in diversity and inclusion”: SIR issues statement of commitment...

diversity
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) president Michael D Dake (University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, USA) and diversity and inclusiveness group chair Paul...

CIRSE 2020 to take place online

meeting
The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) Annual Scientific Meeting will be taking place online 12–15 September. Read the full press release...

Letter to CVIR Editor calls for “further European-wide initiatives” to establish...

Despite being “perfectly placed” to help meet the increasing demand for stroke thrombectomy, there is not an established training structure for interventional radiologists wishing...

Straub Medical acquired by BD

straub
Straub Medical has approved a full acquisition by Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD). The acquisition was completed on 20 April 2020. Straub Medical manufactures,...

Tokai’s rescue balloon occlusion catheter approved in Europe

rescue
Tokai Medical Products announced CE mark approval for its Rescue balloon occlusion catheter, a low-profile device designed for resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the...

Vectorio approved in Canada, an innovative medical device for interventional oncology...

Vectorio
Guerbet has announced the registration of Vectorio, a kit for imaging hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), in Canada. The kit consists of a set of Lipiodol-resistant medical...

First patient enrolled in Dragon trial investigating double vein embolization

Dragon
This week, the first patient has been enrolled in the Dragon trials, investigating the safety and feasibility of a novel, double vein embolization procedure...

First case completed in STAND study, the pivotal clinical trial of...

STAND
Micro Medical Solutions has announced the first implantation of the MicroStent vascular stent in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) randomised, multicentre pivotal...

Bedside IVC filter placement by interventional radiologist in COVID-positive patient preserves...

IVC
Kevin Stadtlander outlines how his institution is benefitting from the “creativity” of interventional radiologists during the coronavirus pandemic, here providing a step-by-step account of...

CX 2020 LIVE: Charing Cross Symposium unveils live, interactive digital event

CX 2020
The Charing Cross (CX) Symposium, with its world-class faculty and unique focus on live audience participation, has announced the launch of a not-to-be missed...

Pedal artery revascularisation: Is it ready for prime time?

pedal
Reviewing the available evidence for below-the-ankle interventions in the treatment of critical limb-threatening ischaemia (CLTI), Srini Tummala proposes that pedal artery intervention “should be...

APERTO becomes the first drug-coated balloon to be approved in China...

Interventional News for specialists
APERTO, Cardionovum’s paclitaxel-coated balloon for arterio-venous access, has received market approval for China, making it the first high pressure drug-coated balloon (DCB) available in...

Pregnant healthcare workers advised to minimise their patient-fronting duties during COVID-19...

pregnant
In a recent webinar hosted by GEST (Global Embolization Oncology Symposium Technologies), Kristen Alexa Lee (Singapore General Hospital, Singapore) shares her experience of navigating...

Coalition of cTACE and immunotherapy: Expanding the horizons of interventional oncology

Interventional News for specialists
This article is sponsored by Guerbet. immunotherapy  Preliminary evidence suggests that combining conventional transarterial chemoembolization (cTACE) with immunotherapy could be beneficial to patients with unresectable...

UK radiology workforce crisis deepens, “patients are at risk”, RCR asserts

workforce
Workforce shortages in clinical radiology are increasing year-on-year, resulting in delayed diagnoses and lower-quality patient care, according to the latest annual census from the...

CE mark granted to the first biodegradable drug-eluting microspheres, BioPearl

PRIZER
Terumo Europe today announced that their BioPearl microspheres have received CE mark, providing a new option for patients eligible for locoregional embolization for the...

ECR 2020 will be online-only, not onsite

ECR
The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) will not take place onsite in Vienna, Austria, this year. Instead it will be a digital-only event from...

Micro-practices for burnout prevention and emotional wellness

micro-practices
“With coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the demands and stresses on radiologists and physicians have increased dramatically. Even before this pandemic, the high prevalence of...

Matthew Johnson

Inspired by his father, an interventional radiologist who used to shape catheters over the stove at home, Matthew Johnson switched from a residency in...

CIRSE president: “We need more of a European focus” to protect...

president
“Europe, including the European Union (EU) and the leaders of its nation states, needs to prepare better for future pandemics. I think we must...

Italian oncologists urge greater COVID-19 testing amongst healthcare workers treating cancer...

testing
Medical oncologists Filippo Pietrantonio and Marina Chiara (both Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy) have launched a social media campaign called #knowyourstatus...

Tack Endovascular System receives FDA approval for below-the-knee post-angioplasty dissection repair

Tack
Intact Vascular has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Tack Endovascular System (4F), a novel, minimal metal implant for precision...

Novel screening strategy utilising WhatsApp is helping triage COVID-19 patients in...

Low-dose chest computed tomography (CT) has been an effective screening tool for COVID-19, writes Amir Davarpanah, outlining a novel screening and triage strategy successfully...

Seven CIRSE Academy courses currently free to access

CIRSE Academy
The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) has made seven of ts Academy courses free to access online. On its website, the...

RSNA launches online resource for COVID-19

RSNA
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has launched a web page to help radiology professionals amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID-19 Resources webpage...

International accreditation scheme “brings IO into the mainstream”

The newly established International Accreditation System for Interventional Oncology Services (IASIOS) gives medical facilities the opportunity to receive credentials for their interventional oncology (IO)...

Society of Interventional Radiology creates free COVID-19 resource centre online

diversity
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) has created a free online COVID-19 resource centre for physicians to access via their website. The site states: "SIR...

CMS Transitional Pass-Through Payment programme paves the way for cutting-edge treatments

TriNav
This advertorial is sponsored by TriSalus Life Sciences. NOTE: This article is intended only for healthcare professionals in the USA. The Medicare Transitional Pass-Through Payment (TPT)...

CMSS “strongly urges action” to ensure all frontline healthcare professionals are...

CMSS
In a new statement published on 2 April 2020, all 45 societies represented by the US Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)—over 800,000 physicians—emphatically...

ESR creates YouTube playlist for COVID-19 events

youtube
The European Society of Radiology (ESR) has created a playlist on their YouTube channel dedicated to events and news related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently,...

Interventional News Issue 77—March 2020 US Edition

issue
International accreditation scheme “brings IO into the mainstream” issue “Huge disparity” between embolization and uterine surgery numbers worldwide Comment: 2020 vision—What innovations to expect...

Interventional News Issue 77—March 2020

issue
International accreditation scheme “brings IO into the mainstream” issue “Huge disparity” between embolization and uterine surgery numbers worldwide Comment: 2020 vision—What innovations to...

Michael Dake takes over as new president of SIR

president
Michael Dake (University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, USA) has become the new president of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). He officially assumed his...

CIRSE and APSCVIR publish checklist for preparing your IR service for...

checklist
The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) and the Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APSCVIR) have jointly published a...

GEST gathers global response to COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned from the...

Italy
This piece is one in a series of articles covering the GEST webinar. For dispatches from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the pertinent takeaways for interventional...

GEST gathers global response to COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned from the...

Singapore
This is the first in a series of articles covering the GEST webinar. For dispatches from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the...

American Board of Radiology announces November dates for Core Exam

The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has announced that its Core Exam for diagnostic radiology (DR) and interventional radiology (IR/DR) will be held in...

Percutaneous AV fistulas “not actually sacrificing” options, but rather “expanding” them

Larry Scher (New York, USA) interviews John Aruny (Orangeburg, USA) and Stephen Hohmann (Dallas, USA) for VEITHtv at the VEITHsymposium (19–23 November, New York, USA) about the role of percutaneous...

LINC 2020: XTOSI study interim findings suggest “highly promising” safety and...

interim
Edward Choke (Singapore) talks to BLearning Peripheral at LINC 2020 (Leipzig Interventional Course; 28–31 January 2020, Leipzig, Germany) about the first-in-man clinical study—XTOSI—which looked at the safety and...

ET 2020 postponed to December due to coronavirus

ET
The 2020 European Conference on Embolotherapy (ET), run by the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE), has been postponed until 16–19 December...

Veterans study suggests surgery is still dominant revascularisation approach for critical...

revascularisation
A review of data from Veteran Health Administration shows that there was a temporal increase in the use of revascularisations for the management of...

Thrombolytic therapy performed by interventional radiologists could reduce amputation rates due...

frostbite
An ahead-of-print article in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) reviewing various techniques and clinical management paradigms to treat severe...

Coronavirus causes SIR to cancel meeting and prompts postponement of ECR

diversity
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) has cancelled its upcoming conference due to the coronavirus outbreak. The conference was to be held in Seattle,...

Medtronic issues urgent field safety notice for some Pipeline Flex embolization...

Pipeline Flex
Medtronic has issued an urgent field safety notice to warn on specific production lots of its Pipeline Flex embolization devices due to the potential...

“Huge disparity” between UAE and surgery numbers worldwide

UAE
On average in France, 2,000 uterine artery embolizations (UAEs) are performed each year. In contrast, 40,000 patients have hysterectomies annually. This has led French...

Interventional radiologists protest “unethical” number of surgeries in France

embolization
French interventional radiologists are protesting the high number of “unnecessary” surgeries taking place nationwide, stressing that there are minimally invasive alternatives with fewer complications...

LIVE blog: US FDA host public workshop on extended reality in...

extended reality
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is hosting a public workshop entitled "Medical Extended Reality: Toward Best Evaluation Practices for Virtual and Augmented...

LINC 2020: Novel sirolimus-eluting nitinol stent can address “unmet need” of...

nitinol
Andrea Kahlberg (Milan, Italy) talks to BLearning Peripheral at LINC 2020 (Leipzig Interventional Course; 28–31 January 2020, Leipzig, Germany) about a novel sirolimus-eluting self-expanding nitinol stent that Kahlberg...

Combining targeted Holmium-166 radioembolization with systemic therapy improves response rates in...

radioembolization
This article is sponsored by Terumo. The first prospective study on the combination of peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) with 177Lu-DOTATATE and Holmium-166 (166Ho) radioembolization...

UAE effective in treating giant fibroids, study finds

giant
“Current evidence shows uterine artery embolization (UAE) is a safe and effective option to treat giant fibroids,” Oliver Llewellyn (Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh,...

RCR launches new curricula for clinical and interventional radiology

curricula
The UK Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has unveiled its new curricula for clinical radiology and interventional radiology. These are “based around a small...

First SIO artificial intelligence hackathon “mobilises the IO community to enter...

artificial intelligence Hackathon winner announced
The Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO) hosted its first artificial intelligence (AI) hackathon at this year’s annual meeting (31 January–3 February, New Orleans, USA)....

Sirtex Medical announces collaboration with MIM Software

Y-90
Sirtex Medical has announced a collaboration with MIM Software. Under the terms of the agreement, Sirtex’s sales teams in the USA, Europe, and other...

Caterpillar embolization devices gain FDA clearance

Interventional News for specialists
The Caterpillar and Caterpillar Micro arterial embolization devices (BD) have received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance. The Caterpillar devices utilise a novel dual...

COMPARE RCT shows similar key outcomes between low-and high-dose drug-coated balloons

The first head-to-head randomised controlled trial to directly compare two different drug-coated balloons—the lower-dose density (2μg/mm2) Ranger and higher-dose density (3.5μg/mm2) IN.PACT—showed similar results...

Novel radiopaque microspheres in Y-90 radioembolization show potential to map absorbed...

radiopaque
A proof-of-concept study has demonstrated the feasibility of using computed tomography (CT) with a novel composition of radiopaque microspheres in Yttrium-90 (Y-90) radioembolization to...

Independent analysis, with oncology input, re-examines DCB data after paclitaxel mortality...

independent
Kenneth Ouriel (New York, USA) talks to BLearning Peripheral at LINC 2020 (Leipzig Interventional Course; 28–31 January 2020, Leipzig, Germany) about a recent independent analysis to assess safety...

Interventional radiology should be a specialty within the Royal College of...

In the wake of overwhelming support from the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) membership, Raman Uberoi argues that interventional radiology (IR) should become...

Tips to recognising genicular artery anatomy

genicular
With an increasing number of interventional radiologists turning their technical and clinical expertise to musculoskeletal embolization, Sandeep Bagla and Abin Sajan believe it is...

SIR publishes first ever position statement on ablation in RCC: Interventional...

ablation
For some patients, kidney cancer can be effectively treated without surgery, according to the Society of Interventional Radiology’s first-ever position statement on the role...

Merit Medical’s EmboCube embolization gelatin and Torpedo gelatin foam indicated for...

EmboCube
Merit Medical announces that both its EmboCube (syringe-loaded embolization gelatin foam) and Torpedo (uniform, pre-shaped gelatin foam loaded into a cartridge with optional blunt...

FDA grants premarket approval for Intact Vascular’s dissection repair device

Tack
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have granted Intact Vascular pre-market approval application for an additional size of its Tack Endovascular System, a...

Flex vessel preparation system effectively limits potential complications in the femoral...

Flex
The Flex vessel preparation system (VentureMed group) is safe and effective, and appears to limit the potential risks of dissection and perforation of chronic...

First-of-its-kind technology lights up lung cancer cells, helps improve patient outcomes

OTL38
A ground-breaking tumour-highlighting technology—OTL38—enhances the visualisation of lung cancer tissue, providing surgeons with a significantly better chance of finding and removing more cancer than...

Merit Medical launches Arcadia steerable and straight balloons

Arcadia
Merit Medical has announced the official market launch of its Arcadia steerable and straight balloons for vertebral augmentation. These balloons are designed to help...

Imricor earns CE mark for MRI ablation catheter

Imricor
Imricor Medical received CE mark certification for its Vision-MR ablation catheter, a device guided by real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The device, which is constructed...

VIVA keynote: Medical education needs a reboot in the digital age

president
Introduced as “a pioneer in the vascular arena”, Michael Dake, senior vice president of the University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, USA, addressed the...

SBRT offers good disease control out to five years in men...

disease
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in previously irradiated patients “appears clinically feasible”, and provides good disease control out to five years for men with...

Biotronik appoint company’s first chief medical officer

Biotronik
David Hayes, former physician administrator at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA, has been appointed chief medical officer of Biotronik, a company press release reports. "Our focus...

VEITH 2019: Paclitaxel controversy propels innovation in endovascular BTK treatment

Juan Granada (New York, USA) chats to Sahil Parikh (New York, USA) for VEITHtv about below-the-knee (BTK) intervention and innovation and how the paclitaxel controversy has...

New randomised study investigating distal radial access, DISCO RADIAL, launches

PRIZER
Terumo has announced the launch of a new randomised clinical trial: the DIStal vs. COnventional RADIAL access trial (DISCO RADIAL). The trial compares the...

New technologies for radiation protection discussed at ISET

protection
Speaking at the 32nd Annual International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET; 22–25 January, Hollywood, USA), Lindsay Machan (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) said...

Live from Spectrum: The pros and cons of uterine artery embolization

UAE
Addressing the audience at the Spectrum meeting (18–21 January, Miami, USA), Theresa Caridi (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA) expands on the pros...

Early clinical results suggest novel ablation modality may stimulate an abscopal...

histotripsy
Investigators report a 100% technical success rate in creating their planned ablation volume and no major device-related complications in the first-in-human clinical cases using...

Shimadzu Medical Systems USA and NZ Technologies sign agreement to bring...

TIPSO
Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu, along with NZ Technologies of Vancouver, Canada, and developers of TIPSO technology, have announced that they...

PATHFINDER I launches registry to evaluate performance and clinical outcomes of...

PATHFINDER
AngioDynamics has announced the launch of the PATHFINDER I: Post-Market Registry (PATHFINDER I-Registry, EX-PAD-05), a pilot study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of...

Cook Medical launches TriForce peripheral crossing set

TriForce
The TriForce peripheral crossing set, from Cook Medical, is now commercially available in the USA. As of January 2020, these products are available to...

What has GIRFT seen in interventional radiology?

GIRFT
With provision of interventional radiology (IR) services varying across the UK, the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme aims to identify and reduce...

Hotly-contested meta-analysis suggests a higher risk of death or amputation at...

amputation
A new meta-analysis, just published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR), suggests significantly worse amputation-free survival at one year with the...

Reflow Medical wins FDA breakthrough nod for Temporary Spur stent system

Reflow
Reflow Medical has announced that its Temporary Spur stent system for treating below-the-knee peripheral arterial disease (PAD) won US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

German claims data report higher long-term and amputation-free survival in CLTI...

Interventional News for specialists
There is no sign of increased all-cause mortality following the use of paclitaxel-coated devices for the treatment of symptomatic peripheral arterial occlusive disease, a...

FDA issues guidance on PTA balloon and specialty catheter 510(k) submissions

Interventional News for specialists
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance detailing the information device-makers should include in 510(k) submissions of catheter-based devices intended...

New TriNav infusion system launches to overcome infusion barriers within solid...

TriNav
TriSalus Life Sciences (“TriSalus”, formerly Surefire Medical) today announced the launch of its TriNav infusion system (“TriNav”). Powered by its proprietary pressure-enabled drug delivery...

Patient enrolment completed in PRESTIGE below-the-knee clinical trial

PRESTIGE
Patient enrolment in the PRESTIGE below-the-knee (BTK) clinical trial has been completed. The objective of this clinical investigation is to evaluate the six-month safety...

Alucent Biomedical announces FDA approval to proceed with natural vascular scaffolding...

natural
Alucent Biomedical has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to proceed with a phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and...

AI system outperforms expert radiologists in detecting breast cancer

AI
An artificial intelligence (AI) programme has been developed that is better at spotting breast cancer in mammograms than expert radiologists, an article published in...

MRI accidents raise safety concerns

MRI
Several reports emerged last year concerning issues with MRI safety. In October 2019, officials at Sunderby Hospital in Luleå confirmed that a hospital staff member...

Society of Interventional Oncology announces new executive director

executive director
The Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO) has announced that Jena Eberly Stack will assume the role of executive director effective 1 January, 2020. As...

Movie magic: The power of distraction

goggles
The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bournemouth, UK, has become the first in the country to offer patients audio-visual goggles to...

PAE “far superior” to a sham procedure for benign prostatic hyperplasia,...

superior
The improvements in quality of life measurements and International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) in patients following prostatic artery embolization (PAE) are “far superior” to...

Merit Medical PreludeSYNC EVO radial compression device now available in EMEA

PreludeSYNC
Merit Medical Systems has announced the commercial launch of the PreludeSYNC EVO radial compression device in European, Middle Eastern and African markets. The product has...

Imperative Care announces US$85 million Series C financing for stroke treatments

Imperative
Imperative Care has completed the initial closing of a Series C financing of US$85 million to support the commercial launch of the company’s portfolio,...

Canon Medical acquires Swiss MRI research and development company Skope Magnetic...

Canon Medical has now acquired skope magentic
  Canon Medical has concluded a contract to acquire all shares of Skope Magnetic Resonance Technologies AG. Skope specialises in the development and sales of...

Merit Medical launches Resolve mini locking drainage catheter

Resolve
Merit Medical has announced the commercial launch of the Resolve mini locking drainage catheter, the most recent addition to the company’s line of innovative...

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...

LUMBRA, real-world study of Luminor DCB in Brazil, commences

A real-world study investigating the luminor drug-coated balloon (DCB; iVascular) in Brazil has started, following approval for commercialisation of the device by ANVISA, the...

New SIR Executive Council elected

Interventional News for specialists
During the November SIR and SIR Foundation Nominating Committee meetings, the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) elected a new Executive Council for 2019–2020. Following...

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...

Siemens Healthineers markets new Somatom X.cite CT scanner with intelligent user...

Somatom
Siemens Healthineers presents its new Somatom X.cite single-source CT scanner, together with the new myExam companion user guiding system, based on artificial intelligence (AI)....

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,...

XACT Robotics completes latest financing round totalling US$36M

XACT
XACT Robotics has announced the successful completion of its latest financing round, totalling US$36 million. The company intends to use the proceeds to support the...

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

“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...

“Collaboration and innovation” is at core of Michael Jaff’s new role...

innovation
Boston Scientific recently announced that vascular medicine specialist Michael R Jaff (Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, USA) will be joining the company as vice president, clinical...

Michael Jaff joins Boston Scientific to drive innovation in peripheral technologies

innovation
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

PRIZER
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...

covera
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...

Interventional News for specialists
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

Resolve
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

superior
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

Resolve
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

Interventional News for specialists
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...

Pipeline Flex
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

Sasha Shillcutt 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

Interventional News for specialists
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

Christof M Sommer, Thilo Hackert and Götz M Richter discuss the renaissance of Lipiodol-based lymphangiography
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

luminal gain achieved by the FLEX VP system alone
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...

Virtue sirolimus-eluting balloon
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

Interventional News for specialists
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

Interventional News for specialists
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

shoulder
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

meeting
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

ablation
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

Interventional News for specialists
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...

Interventional News for specialists
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

Interventional News for specialists
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...

Interventional News for specialists
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

Interventional News for specialists
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

Interventional News for specialists
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

Interventional News for specialists
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...

Interventional News for specialists
“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

Interventional News for specialists
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...

Interventional News for specialists
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

Interventional News for specialists
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

Interventional News for specialists
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...

Interventional News for specialists
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...

Interventional News for specialists
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

Interventional News for specialists
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

Interventional News for specialists
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

Interventional News for specialists
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...