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Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 34th Annual Scientific Meeting

March 07 - 12, 2009; San Diego, California

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Conference News

  • ABI for Risk Stratification and Determining Functional Risks

    Two new studies this week are evaluating the role for ankle-brachial index in risk stratification. One suggests that the current cut point of <0.9 may be too low to identify people at risk of important functional repercussions.
    Medscape Medical News, March 17, 2009
  • Treatment of Invasive Placenta Before Delivery

    The prophylactic use of a special occlusion balloon catheter ready to be inflated if needed at the time of cesarean delivery to block potentially perfuse blood flow significantly reduces the need for hysterectomy.
    Medscape Medical News, March 13, 2009
  • Minimally Invasive Endovascular Repair

    Patients recovered in 1 to 2 weeks with the minimally invasive procedure, compared with 6 to 8 weeks with open surgery; reintervention was needed in 7.2% of patients, and only 1.3% of complications needing reintervention were detected during routine computed tomography surveillance.
    Medscape Medical News, March 13, 2009
  • Embolization for Hemorrhaging After Cesarean

    Life-threatening bleeding episodes after cesarean delivery or after surgery for invasive placenta can now be treated with minimally invasive embolization.
    Medscape Medical News, March 12, 2009
  • Bioluminescence Imaging in PAD

    The new technique assists in creating new or additional blood vessels for individuals with extensively narrowed or clogged arteries by allowing simple imaging to view and locate transplanted stem cells in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD).
    Medscape Medical News, March 12, 2009
  • Novel Treatment Relieves Metastatic Bone Pain

    Percutaneous osteoplasty appears to be a safe and effective option for relieving pain caused by bone metastases and benign lytic lesions in patients who to not respond to conventional therapies.
    Medscape Medical News, March 12, 2009
  • Oxygen/Ozone for Herniated Disc Pain

    Oxygen/ozone injections into herniated lumbar discs are equal in efficacy to surgical discectomy, but the complication rate is considerably lower and the recovery time is significantly shorter.
    Medscape Medical News, March 11, 2009
  • Percutaneous Cryoablation for Small Renal Tumors

    Percutaneous cryoablation has been found to be safe and effective as a treatment for small renal tumors, and has the advantage of being less invasive than surgery, with fewer complications.
    Medscape Medical News, March 11, 2009
  • Focal Cryoablation for Treating Prostate Cancer

    Focal cryoablation is minimally invasive but is as effective as more aggressive therapies in treating prostate cancer, and is associated with lower morbidity.
    Medscape Medical News, March 10, 2009
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