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Society of Interventional Radiology Supports Treatment for Painful Spine Fractures: Patient Selection Key
Date:1/19/2010

e, provides long-term pain relief and has a low complication rate, as demonstrated in multiple studies. We must not rush to new conclusions, especially based on these recent controversial studies," said McGraw.

      More information about the Society of Interventional Radiology, interventional radiologists and vertebroplasty can be found online at www.SIRweb.org. SIR's Research Reporting Standards for Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation were published recently in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology as an additional reference for physicians. SIR's Commentary on Vertebroplasty and the August Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine is also available on the society's Web site.

About the Society of Interventional Radiology

      Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-ray, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, such as in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Today, interventional oncology is a growing specialty area of interventional radiology. Interventional radiologists can deliver treatments for cancer directly to the tumor without significant side effects or damage to nearby normal tissue.

      Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less
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