May 14, 1997

Interventional Radiological Treatments Tested

JAMA. 1997;277(18):1424-1425. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540420018006

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INTERVENTIONAL radiologists continue to set their sights on a widening variety of medical problems they hope can be effectively treated using new techniques that are less invasive than surgery. The results of clinical studies of several such new procedures were reported at the 22nd annual scientific meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (SCVIR), in Washington, DC, in March.

Among the procedures were nonsurgical methods to treat infected spinal discs, uterine fibroid tumors, and end-stage liver disease in patients with cystic fibrosis and to repair ruptured aortic aneurysms and damaged spleens. While the results of the small trials look promising, most of the researchers cautioned that larger and longer follow-up studies are needed, particularly randomized trials to compare the outcomes of the new procedures with those of conventional surgical techniques.

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