n be isolated from their bone marrow, and we observed that repair could be achieved by injecting a person's own stem cells into the bad discs," said Prologo. "After attaching an imaging agent to the injected cells, we were able to prove accurate delivery and containment of those cells at the desired site of action. And, we are now performing the first in human trials of this technique," he added.
"The use of interventional radiology for the delivery of regenerative therapies, such as stem cells, can lead to other minimally invasive procedures associated with potential symptom relief and decreased cost and complications associated with open surgery," Prologo stated. "This research may serve as a precedent for a wide variety of stem cell applications in humans through interventional radiology," he said.
More information about the Society of Interventional Radiology, interventional radiologists and minimally invasive treatments can be found online at www.SIRweb.org.
Abstract 2: "Percutaneous Image-guided Transplantation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells for the Treatment of Symptomatic Degenerated Intervertebral Discs," J.D. Prologo, department of radiology, vascular and interventional radiology; D. Hart, department of neurosurgery; Z. Love, Z. Lee, department of radiology, all University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio; D. Corn, A. Sattar, L.W. Yuan, N. Tenley, department of biomedical engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
Abstract 10: "Bariatric Gastric Arterial Embolization for Modulation of Systemic Ghrelin Levels in a Porcine Model: Endoscopic and Histopathologic Correlation," B.E. Paxton, J. Crow, C. Alley, B. Balmadrid, S. Stinnett, C.G. Keith, R. Kankotia, C.Y. Kim, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; A. Arepally, Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta.
Abstract No. 146: "Gastric Arterial Embolization With X-Ray-vis
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