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SOCIETY OF CARDIOVASCULAR AND INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING IN WASHINGTON

 SOCIETY OF CARDIOVASCULAR AND INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY
 HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING IN WASHINGTON
 WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,000 interventional radiologists from around the world will convene here for the 17th annual meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (SCVIR), being held from April 4 to April 9.
 Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in treating diseases non-surgically using small catheters guided to the site radiologically. Over the last few years, the number of surgical procedures that can be replaced by these non-operative methods has continued to grow rapidly. The SCVIR is the professional society representing interventional radiologists and has nearly 2,000 members. The meeting is the most important of all the national meetings of interventional radiologists and will be attended by members of over 100 foreign affiliates,
 With increasing national attention to costs, interventional procedures are gaining more recognition. Hospital stays are reduced since incision and general anesthesia can both be avoided while the long-term results show the procedures to be comparable to conventional surgery.
 Abstract Highlights:
 Original clinical investigations from more than 250 abstracts will be presented during the six-day meeting. Among the highlights:
 -- Pioneering work in the use of stents for the treatment of blocked blood vessels in the limbs and organs. Stents, tiny metal supports placed in blood vessels to keep them open, are proving so valuable that they may change the way all vascular (or blood vessel) diseases are treated.
 -- Advances in the treatment of female infertility have resulted in a new outpatient procedure that is very successful in restoring fertility. The new interventional technique uses a special catheter to open blocked fallopian tubes. In data to be presented, the procedure has demonstrated a 95 percent success rate in unblocking fallopian tubes.
 -- New approaches to treating brain tumors and aneurysms using interventional procedures, including angioplasty, thrombolytic therapy and embolotherapy. While the use of these techniques in cerebral setting is still experimental, results from these trials may provide treatment options for patients who cannot undergo a surgical procedure.
 -- A new non-surgical procedure called transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS) has been developed to treat patients with bleeding from the liver or esophogas related to liver disease. According to research to be presented at the meeting, TIPS could replace high-risk surgery in the near future and can even be used in patients who are considered inoperable.
 -- New medical techniques have shown promise in salvaging diseased limbs caused by blocked arteries. This condition affects more than 2 million Americans, particularly diabetic patients.
 -- Patients with advanced colon cancer that has spread to the liver may benefit from a new technique called hepatic arterial chemoembolization that shrinks tumors as much as 80 percent.
 -- The SCVIR Young Investigator Award will be given to a Canadian medical resident in interventional radiology who has demonstrated the feasibility of a non-surgical method to cure a common cause of back pain. The investigator is being recognized for his pioneering work on facet joint fusion.
 -- Magnetic resonance imaging is making its mark as an invaluable tool in the diagnosis of vascular disease, according to research to be presented at the meeting.
 Keynote Speaker
 U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell (D-Maine) is scheduled to give the keynote address to the SCVIR membership on April 6 at 10:50 a.m. Mitchell is the Senate majority leader and a leading advocate for healthcare reform in the United States.
 SCVIR Executive Appointments
 SCVIR officers were announced for the 1992-1993 term. Arina van Breda, M.D., was elected president. Van Breda served as SCVIR executive council chairman from 1991-1992 prior to her new appointment. Gordon McLean, M.D., secretary-treasurer, replaces van Breda as executive council chairman.
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