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Canada Meetings on Vascular and Interventional Radiology, will be organized around the theme “An Insight into Innovative Approaches in Vascular, Interventional & Radiology”
Interventional Radiology 2019 is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions on latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive global discussions that address current issues in Interventional Radiology 2019
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Image-guided robotic interventions are medical procedures that integrate sophisticated robotic and imaging technologies, primarily to perform minimally invasive surgery. This integrated technology approach offers distinct advantages for both patients and physicians.
- Track 1-1Robotic prostatectomy
- Track 1-2Ablation techniques for early cancers
- Track 1-3Orthopedics
In radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy), invisible high-energy rays or beams of subatomic particles are used to damage cancer cells and can stop them from growing and dividing. This ultimately can kill the cancer cells treated with radiation. A specialist in radiation therapy is called a radiation oncologist.
The radiation therapy channel covers all aspects of radiation oncology technology. Radiation therapy includes linear accelerators (LINAC), proton therapy, brachytherapy, image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), focused ultrasound, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), treatment planning systems and tomotherapy.
- Track 2-1Brachytherapy
- Track 2-2Tomotherapy
- Track 2-3Palliative radiotherapy
- Track 2-43D conformal radiotherapy
- Track 2-5Immunotherapy
- Track 2-6Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- Track 2-7Stereotactic body radiotherapy
- Track 2-8Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Track 2-9Stereotactic radiosurgery
- Track 2-10Proton therapy
- Track 2-11Intraoperative radiation therapy
- Track 2-12Cancer tumor
A diagnostic radiologist uses x-rays, radionuclides, ultrasound, and electromagnetic radiation to diagnose and treat disease. Training required is five years: one year of clinical training, followed by four years of radiology training. The majority of trainees complete an additional year of training during a fellowship. A diagnostic radiologist who wishes to specialize in one of the six areas listed below must first certify in diagnostic radiology.
- Track 3-1Abdominal Imaging
- Track 3-2Thoracic Imaging
- Track 3-3Pediatric Radiology
- Track 3-4Neuroradiology
- Track 3-5Musculoskeletal Imaging
- Track 3-6Maxillofacial Radiology
- Track 3-7Emergency Radiology
- Track 3-8Head & Neck Radiology
- Track 3-9Cardiac Imaging
- Track 3-10Breast Imaging
- Track 3-11Molecular Imaging
The discipline of medical physics includes the three specialty areas of diagnostic medical physics, nuclear medical physics, and therapeutic medical physics. Medical physicists support the diagnosis and treatment of disease through their understanding of the underlying scientific principles of imaging and therapeutic processes. They use this knowledge to perform or supervise technical aspects of procedures to ensure safe and effective delivery of radiation for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. The type of training varies per specialty area.
- Track 4-1Diagnostic Medical Physics
- Track 4-2Nuclear Medical Physics
- Track 4-3Therapeutic Medical Physics
Interventional radiology is a medical specialty to fame in which its trained physicians perform minimally invasive procedures to analyze and treat different diseases. Interventional radiologists are prepared to utilize image-guided technology, for example, X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to put a catheter inside the body and treat patients non- surgically. As a choice to open surgery, interventional radiology strategies may decrease risk, pain and recovery time for patients.
- Track 5-1Ultrasound
- Track 5-2Magnetic resonance imaging
- Track 5-3Computed tomography
- Track 5-4Fluoroscopy
- Track 5-5X-ray
Interventional oncology is a type of cancer care performed by specially trained radiologists called interventional radiologists. They use advanced imaged-guided techniques such as CT, fluoroscopy (live X-ray) or ultrasound to deliver treatment through a small skin puncture.
Interventional oncology targets cancer and/or the pain it causes. These procedures are often used with standard cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and may reduce pain and/or extend life. For certain types of tumors, interventional oncology procedures can be curative.
- Track 6-1Ablation techniques
- Track 6-2Diagnostic techniques
- Track 6-3Embolisation techniques
- Track 6-4Palliative techniques
Diagnostic imaging, also called medical imaging, the use of electromagnetic radiation and certain other technologies to produce images of internal structures of the body for the purpose of accurate diagnosis. Diagnostic imaging is roughly equivalent to radiology, the branch of medicine that uses radiation to diagnose and treat diseases. However, other technologies including ultrasound, which employs sound waves to visualize tissues, and endoscopy and similar methods in which a flexible optical instrument is equipped with a camera for imaging may also be used.
- Track 7-1Optical Imaging
- Track 7-23D printing
- Track 7-3Hybrid Imaging
- Track 7-4Artificial intelligence
- Track 7-5Projection (plain) radiography
- Track 7-6Computed tomography
- Track 7-7Ultrasound
- Track 7-8Magnetic resonance imaging
- Track 7-9Nuclear medicine
- Track 7-10Fluoroscopy
- Track 7-11Mammography
- Track 7-12Positron emission tomography
Interventions for Cardiac and vascular system are catheter-based procedures often used to open blocked blood vessels in people with heart and peripheral vascular diseases. Vascular intervention is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat peripheral artery disease, which causes plaque buildup in the arteries leading to the intestines, head, arms and most commonly the legs.
- Track 8-1Angioplasty and stenting
- Track 8-2Lower extremity revascularization
- Track 8-3Peripheral vascular interventions, including peripheral angioplasty
- Track 8-4Thrombectomy
- Track 8-5Atherectomy
- Track 8-6Endovascular stent grafting
- Track 8-7Endovascular aortic reconstruction
- Track 8-8Vein ablations for varicose veins
- Track 8-9Heart valve repair and replacement
- Track 8-10Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Track 8-11Mitral valve repair and replacement
- Track 8-12Carotid artery stenting
- Track 8-13Carotid endarterectomy
Interventional neuroradiology is a subspecialty of interventional radiology which involves using medical imaging tests in diagnosing and treating diseases of the central nervous system, head, neck and spine. Interventional neuroradiologists use cutting edge imaging and guidance techniques to guide catheters (very fine plastic tubes) and other tiny instruments around the arteries and veins in the head, neck or spine to treat conditions such as strokes or aneurysms.
Interventional neuroradiology is used to treat:
Head, neck and spinal tumors through embolization and some of the more common conditions which are treated by neurointerventoinal techniques include cerebral (Brain) aneurysms, brain arteriovenous malformations, and brain dural fistulas.
- Track 9-1Acute ischemic stroke
- Track 9-2Hyperparathyroidism
- Track 9-3Cushing’s syndrome
- Track 9-4Spinal AVMS and spinal DAVFS
- Track 9-5Retinoblastomas
- Track 9-6Pulsatile tinnitus
- Track 9-7Intracranial atherosclerosis
- Track 9-8Dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF)
- Track 9-9Dissection of carotid and vertebral arteries
- Track 9-10Carotid artery disease and stenosis
- Track 9-11Brain tumors: pre-operative embolization
- Track 9-12Brain aneurysms: ruptured and unruptured
- Track 9-13Birthmarks and vascular malformations
- Track 9-14Arteriovenous malformations (AVMS)
- Track 9-15Acute hemorrhagic stroke
- Track 9-16Complex partial seizure
Pediatric interventional radiology (IR) is a medical field that specializes in minimally invasive diagnostic or therapeutic procedures using imaging guidance, in children. Interventional radiology suites for minimally invasive studies such as catheter-based angiography and fluoroscopy. IR can also use other imaging guidance such as ultrasound, CT and MRI to precisely deliver medication to an area of the body or to perform minimally invasive procedures rather than surgery. These types of procedures can reduce complications, reduce the risk of infection, require a shorter hospital stay and result in faster recuperation.
A few examples of pediatric interventional procedures include:
Guiding instruments into the tissue to take a sample in order to diagnose infection or tumor (biopsy or aspiration)
Placing a tube into a blood vessel, organ or fluid collection to remove or replace fluids (venous access, -ostomy tube or drainage)
Guiding small instruments into the body to directly deliver materials (such as medications, radiofrequency energy or laser) to destroy cancer or other abnormal tissues without harming the healthy tissues, by treating at the source of the disease (chemoembolization, sclerotherapy or ablation).
- Track 10-1Access, such as line placement or angiograms
- Track 10-2Arterial interventions
- Track 10-3Venous interventions
- Track 10-4Vascular malformation treatment
- Track 10-5Ablations
- Track 10-6Biopsies
- Track 10-7Feeding tubes
- Track 10-8Trauma conditions
Interventional musculoskeletal procedures are becoming increasingly popular in both the academic setting and private practice setting. There are two main types of musculoskeletal interventions: those that are minimally invasive and the more advanced procedures. The procedures included in the minimally invasive list include MR and CT arthrography, ultrasound-guided injections or softtissue biopsies, and spine pain injections. Typical advanced musculoskeletal interventions include bone biopsies, vertebroplasty, and tumor ablation.
- Track 11-1Vertebral fractures
- Track 11-2Bone tumors
- Track 11-3Back and neck pain
- Track 11-4Ligaments and tendons
- Track 11-5Vascular malformations
- Track 11-6Anthrography
- Track 11-7Vertebroplasty
Interventional radiology is a safe, less invasive therapy with less recovery time compared with open surgery. Gastroenterology is a specialty that is linked to interventional radiology.
Procedures performed by interventional radiology for gastrointestinal-related malignancies. The cases include portal vein recanalization, biliary drain placement, and stenting in the setting of obstructive malignancy as well as celiac plexus cryoablation/block for chronic pain relief (i.e., pancreatic cancer). Also, percutaneous decompression gastrostomy tube (PDGT) placement for patients with malignant bowel obstruction and pleural/abdominal drainage catheters for malignant effusions. Furthermore ablations, chemo and radio-embolization, and bland embolization of hepatic tumors. Procedures such as kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, and ablation of osseous metastasis for pain relief.
- Track 12-1Gastrostomy/gastrojejunostomy tube placement
- Track 12-2Percutaneous cholecystostomy
- Track 12-3Portal vein recanalization
- Track 12-4Percutaneous decompression gastrostomy tube
- Track 12-5Pleural/abdominal drainage catheters
- Track 12-6Stenting
Genitourinary interventions are used to treat urinary tract problems that block the flow of urine from the kidneys and bladder. They may be used to:
Interventional radiologists offer several image-guided, minimally invasive treatment options to relieve urinary problems. The treatments often take advantage of special imaging technologies such as ultrasound as well as fluoroscopy, which uses X-rays to create real-time, moving images of structures inside the body. Treatment options include: Ureteral Stenting, nephrostomy, suprapubic catheterization, dilation of narrowed or blocked urinary tract, Ablation or obliteration of cysts, lymphoceles, fallopian tube recanalization for infertility.
- Track 13-1Percutaneous nephrostomy
- Track 13-2Ureteral stents
- Track 13-3Varicocele embolization
Hepatobiliary problems benefit from interventional radiology (IR) techniques. First-line modern imaging modalities, such as duplex ultrasonography, 3 and 4 phasic CT scan, and high-resolution MRI, have revolutionized the diagnosis and management of hepatobiliary diseases. Pioneers in this field have performed IR procedures, such as transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS), transjugular liver biopsy (TJLB), biliary stent, and embolotherapy, for the hepatobiliary system.
- Track 14-1Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS)
- Track 14-2Portal vein embolization
- Track 14-3Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC)
- Track 14-4Percutaneous biliary drains (PTBD)
- Track 14-5Biliary drain placement
Interventional pulmonology is a relatively new field in pulmonary medicine. Interventional pulmonology uses endoscopy and other tools to diagnose and treat conditions in the lungs and chest. Cardiothoracic and other surgeons also routinely perform interventional pulmonology procedures which include bronchoscopy, bronchoalveolar lavage, biopsy of lung or lymph node, bronchial stent, balloon bronchoplasty, pleuroscopy, thoracentesis, pleurodesis, indwelling pleural catheter, bronchoscopic thermoplasty.
- Track 15-1Pulmonary angiography
- Track 15-2Bronchial angiography and embolization
- Track 15-3Pulmonary embolus thrombolysis
Devices used in Interventional Radiology are Atherectomy systems, Balloons: Drug coated, CTO systems, Catheters: Balloon, drainage, Detachable colis portfolio, Guidewires, Stents: Gastrointestinal, vascular, Thrombectomy systems, Embolization.
- Track 16-1Catheters
- Track 16-2Guidewires
- Track 16-3Stents
- Track 16-4Balloons
Interventional radiology producers also help to manage the pain, particularly for patients experiencing certain types of spine and neck pain.
Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures used to relieve the pain from a vertebral fracture, especially if it does not improve after several weeks of pain medication and treatment with a brace. Both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty procedures involve placing cement into the fractured vertebra through small incisions in the skin under x-ray guidance.
- Track 17-1Vertebroplasty
- Track 17-2Kyphoplasty
There are many different classes of medications used by the interventional radiologist which have an effect on and are useful during the pre-, peri-, intra-, and post-procedural settings. It is important to be aware of the medications likely to be used by the interventional radiologist, medications a patient may be taking prior to the procedure and possible interactions with the procedure. In the pre-procedural setting, important classes of medications to be aware of include anticoagulants, prophylactic antibiotics, and contrast media. In the intra-procedural setting, vasoactive substances, gastric motility agents, sedative agents, analgesics, and local anesthetic agents are important. There are several classes of medications that may be used in the post-procedural setting including analgesic agents, antimicrobial agents, antiemetic agents, and anticoagulants.
- Track 18-1Anticoagulants
- Track 18-2Antiemetics
- Track 18-3Antimicrobials
- Track 18-4Anesthetics
- Track 18-5Analgesics
- Track 18-6Gastric motility sedatives
- Track 18-7Vasoactives
- Track 18-8Contrast media
- Track 18-9Prophylactic antibiotics
- Track 18-10Anticoagulants
Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty of radiology which involves the use of radioactive medication (radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose and treat disease. These radioactive materials are usually injected into a vein. A gamma camera tracks the movement of the radiopharmaceuticals from outside the body by detecting the gamma radiation emitted by the medication. Depending on the type of test, two or three dimensional images of the internal body can be created.
Radiopharmaceuticals can be used to treat hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer, solid tumours and bone metastases.
- Track 19-1Computed tomography (CT)
- Track 19-2Positronemission tomography (PET)
- Track 19-3Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
- Track 19-4Radiopharmaceuticals
The application of ionizing radiation in medicine seems to be a safe procedure for patients as well as for occupational exposition to personnel. The developments in interventional radiology with fluoroscopy and dose-intensive interventions require intensified radiation protection. It is recommended that all available tools should be used for this purpose. Besides the options for instruments, x‑ray protection at the intervention table must be intensively practiced with lead aprons and mounted lead glass. A special focus on eye protection to prevent cataracts is also recommended.
- Track 20-1Radiation physics
- Track 20-2Sources of radiation exposure
- Track 20-3Radiation dose reduction
- Track 20-4Radiation biology
- Track 20-5Assessment of radiogenic tumor risk
Embolization may often be used to treat internal bleeding and help prevent heavy bleeding during surgery. In some cases, embolization may be a treatment option for difficult-to-reach, inoperable tumors. It may also be used to treat tumors that are too large to be ablated.
Embolization may be used to treat: Liver cancer, Metastatic cancer in the liver, Kidney cancer, Neuroendocrine tumors, Uterine fibroids, Aneurysms. Examples of embolization procedures for liver cancer or other cancers that spread to the liver include chemoembolization and radioembolization therapies (e.g., SIR-Spheres, TheraSphere).
- Track 21-1Internal bleeding
- Track 21-2Aneurysms
- Track 21-3Abnormal blood vessels
- Track 21-4Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Track 21-5Vascular malformations
- Track 21-6Arteriovenous malformations
- Track 21-7Venous and lymphatic malformations
Interventional Radiology nurses are responsible for assessment and care of patients undergoing invasive procedures or receiving sedation in the Department of Radiology. IR nurses work collaboratively with all members of the interdisciplinary IR team and offer innovative diagnostic tests and life-saving treatments for a diverse patient population.