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Date:3/26/2012

ne-beam CT—a new way of X-ray imaging that creates 3-D pictures—these beads can be tracked both during and after delivery. This allows for more precise assessment of 'on-target' embolization," he said. "Due to the fact that these beads are visible and can be tracked over time, we should be able to assess their long-term presence. If needed, the patient can then be retreated. With the current clinically available beads, it is not possible to determine whether they are intact and functional over time. We recommend further studies to prove the beads' safety over time and ensure they do not have any unintended effects on the target organs or on the individuals being treated," he added. "We believe there are myriad possible applications for these beads, such as treating cancer of the liver or non-cancerous uterine masses," stated Weiss.

In a third study, a research team showed in animals that stem cells can be injected using only a needle, under X-ray guidance, into degenerated, painful intervertebral discs and initiate their repair.

"Even though 80 percent of people will have painful degenerated discs by age 65 and degenerated intervertebral discs are a significant contributor to low back pain, effective therapies are lacking. The current treatment is surgical removal of these damaged discs, and this often requires more than one surgical procedure. Interventional radiologists acted on a need for a minimally invasive treatment that could mean faster recovery and less need for repeat surgeries in individuals suffering from debilitating disc disease," explained J. David Prologo, M.D., an interventional radiologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

 "Stem cell therapies are increasingly showing great promise for disc regeneration and biological repair and may represent a promising alternative to destroying the disc, replacement or immobilization," noted Prologo.

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