An Interventional Radiologist Saves a Woman's Life and Limb
January 9, 2018 - Huffington Post
On September 14, 2017, Stephani Turner nearly died.
The otherwise healthy, active mother of four hadn’t been feeling well for a while before she landed in the emergency room with life-threatening blood clots in her lungs. “I had been complaining of abdominal thickness and low pelvic pain for months.” Then she developed “a very swollen left leg, shortness of breath and nausea.” The emergency room doctors knew she had a blood clot in her lungs, but they didn’t know why. READ MORE
They Could Be Heroes
August 2017 - Radiology Today
Documentarians highlight the benefits of interventional procedures.
This is the story of today's real superheroes … the inspired doctors who are saving lives and treating clots, cancers, disease, stroke … all without a scalpel.
That's the excerpted intro to Without a Scalpel, a documentary series about patients undergoing minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs) and the "superhero" interventional radiologists who treat them. READ MORE
June 2017 - Endovascular Today
Founders of the Interventional Initiative discuss the goals and challenges of the organization and how they are attempting tobring MIIPs to the forefront of the health care system.
What is the Interventional Initiative, and what are its goals?
The Interventional Initiative is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of educating and engag- ing the public about the value of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs). We reach people with our message through several public-facing multi- media productions and outreach initiatives.
Most people have never heard of MIIPs. Once they learn that they offer shorter recovery times, less pain, fewer complications, and are lower risk than most con- ventional treatments, they are eager to find out more. READ MORE
May 23, 2017 - PRNewswire.com
The Interventional Initiative (Oakland, CA) and Evolve Media Production (San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY) announcedistribution of Episode 2 of Without a Scalpel on Amazon Video and Vimeo Films On Demand.
The first documentary series of its kind, Without a Scalpel offers a fascinating glimpse into a fascinating and innovative field of medicine where major diseases are tackled through a pinhole in the skin. This must see series follows the dramatic journeys of regular people whose lives are transformed by illness but restored by specialized doctors performing incredible, cutting-edge procedures… without a scalpel.
The main topics of the show which was aired on December 15, 2016; was interventional radiology, MIIPs and the interventional initiative. The trailer of the Without a Scalpel documentary was also shown with Turkish subtitles along with a short video introductory of the interventional initiative. Dr. Gregg Alzate answered questions about MIIPs, main advantages and what to expect in the future. He also mentioned about how he got involved with the interventional initiative and the shooting of the documentary.
Via East Bay Times, by CATERINA MELLINGER; PUBLISHED: October 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | UPDATED: October 20, 2016 at 10:15 am
"Alamo resident Margaret Simor has been passionate about Minimally Invasive Image-Guided Procedures (MIIPs) for many years.
That’s why Simor, M.S.N., B.S.N., R.N., upon saying goodbye to hospital life, has since made it her focus to help bring awareness of MIIPs through The Interventional Initiative, a nonprofit group with a public service mission to educate and engage the public about the value of MIIPs.
Before pursuing life outside of the hospital, Simor, the former hospital administrator at John Muir Health, where she served as director of clinical operations for the Cardiovascular Serviceline and director of cardiovascular clinical projects, was also in charge of overseeing construction of the state-of-the-art cardiovascular procedures unit in the Cardiovascular Institute on the Concord campus. Simor’s last day happened to coincide with the April 2011 opening of the fifth procedure room dedicated to MIIPs."
Sept. 14th, 2016, via VIMEO
Watch the video tribute to Dr. Josef Rösch produced by the Interventional Initiative and featured at the 46th Annual WAIS Conference on Sept. 14th, 2016.
An interventional pioneer, Dr. Josef Rösch made monumental contributions to medicine through his research and development of numerous minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs).
by the II's Dr. Ken Nakanote - THE HUFFINGTON POST (August 29, 2016)
"When Lorenzo Abeyta finally saw his doctor for worsening back pain, cancer was the furthest thing from his mind. The 60-year-old teacher and counselor for troubled youth had endured years of pain after hurting his back while lifting heavy boxes. However, the MRI of his aching back showed something unexpected: ominous spots on his liver. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Abeyta and his wife Vickie received a call from his physician with the devastating news – he had liver cancer.
When I first got the diagnosis, I was very concerned and nervous. I didn’t really know what I was dealing with and had just recently lost my best friend from liver cancer. I was quite honestly very scared and thought ‘I’m not going be living too much longer.’”
PR Newswire Press Release (August 2, 2016)
"The Interventional Initiative, Oakland, CA, and Evolve Media Production, San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY, announce distribution of Episode 1 of Without a Scalpel on Amazon Prime and Vimeo Films On Demand.
Episode 1 focuses on the stories of three women who suffer from blocked blood vessels deep inside their bodies. On the eve of becoming a US citizen, a hard-working Mexican immigrant struggles to walk and longs to dance again. A beautiful newlywed dreams of starting a family, but her condition makes it too dangerous. A mother's life hangs in the balance as she struggles simply to breathe. Without A Scalpel explores their stories and relationships, their triumphs and challenges, and their hopes for the future."
A personal MIIPs story from the II's CEO - ASK4UFE Blog (July 26, 2016)
"From the time I was a young child through adulthood, an active lifestyle has always been important to me. I love the outdoors, whether it’s hiking in a Redwood forest, joining friends for a cycling adventure, trekking through the Colorado mountains on snow shoes, exploring a river in a kayak or playing competitive sports. The combination of fresh air, nature and exercise is my life force—the passion that helps me stay balanced and happy. Like many people who like to keep moving, a health issue that threatens to interrupt my life and my body is not only scary, it could be life altering."
ASK4UFE Blog (July 21, 2016)
What if you were sick and your doctor gave you two treatment options: surgery or a minimally invasive procedure performed through a pinhole. Wouldn’t you want to know more?
Most people would. Unfortunately few patients who could benefit from minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs) have ever heard of them. Because MIIPs are performed through a pinhole using medical imaging to see inside the body, they can safely and effectively treat many diseases so patients can return to their normal lives sooner. There are MIIPs to treat uterine fibroids, cancer, blood clots, blocked arteries, stroke, aneurysms and so much more. Specialized doctors perform life-saving MIIPs every day at hospitals and outpatient centers all across North America. So why have so few people ever heard of them?"
Mount Sinai Interventional Radiology - New York City
via YOUTUBE (July 12, 2016)
See how Mount Sinai Interventional Radiologists are using innovative techniques and MIIPs to save lives!
PRWeb (May 31, 2016)
New research published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology demonstrates efficacy of Sanarus Technologies' Visica® 2 Treatment System for the treatment of certain breast cancers.
Results from the ACOSOG Z1072 breast cancer study published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology showed that image-guided cryoablation with the Visica® 2 Treatment System was 100% effective for complete ablation of invasive ductal breast cancer tumors <1cm and cryoablation was successful for the target lesion in 92% of patients.
Funded by the National Cancer Institute and sponsored by the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, the 5-year multicenter study measured the rates of complete tumor ablation in breast cancer patients treated with cryoablation. Patients enrolled in the study agreed to undergo surgery after cryoablation, so that tumor-adjacent tissue could be evaluated by the pathologist for the presence of any remaining tumor.
Patient information about Uterine Fibroid Embolization vs. surgery
Want to know all about your fibroid treatment options? We have answers.An Interventional Radiologist is a doctor specially trained to perform uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Use our physician locator to find a specialist near you."
by REHEMA ELLIS and PARMINDER DEO; NBC NEWS (April 19, 2016)
"It was an ordinary morning for Stefan Reisch as he was driving to work, when out of nowhere, it seemed to hit. Rubbing his neck, on the edge of passing out and feeling numbness on his left side, Reisch didn't know what was happening.
"People were honking at me," said the 43-year-old, California father of two. "I was driving on the center divide going up and coming down. I felt like I was in a dream state until I finally ran off the road."
911 calls to police that morning reported a drunk driver on the road and when Reisch crashed, the paramedics were quickly on the scene. First responders asked Reisch to smile and immediately recognized his drooping mouth as a sign of a stroke. At the hospital, the first-line therapy, a powerful blood-thinning medication called tissue plasminogen activator or tPA could not dissolve the blood clots in Reisch's brain."
by MORGAN RADFORD and PARMINDER DEO; NBC NEWS (APR 5 2016)
"Cheryl Denby had tried everything to lose weight.
But by age 48, she was becoming more obese, miserable and her weight had started to cause her major health problems.
"I was in pain most days, my back, my knees, and it was hard to do daily things like laundry, grocery store, just getting up to get dressed." said Denby. "I used to joke with my friend I just want to be able to tie my shoes without cutting off my air supply. That was a big deal, so I was unhappy."
Although Denby was a candidate for traditional weight-loss surgeries such as gastric bypass or lap-band surgery, she was apprehensive about undergoing a surgical procedure and recovery."
The ‘Pinhole’ Cancer Treatment You’ve Probably Never Heard of
via THE HUFFINGTON POST (April 1, 2016)
"Imagine an exquisitely precise cancer therapy procedure done through a small opening in the body that can:
Sounds too good to be true, right? Not necessarily, since this type of therapy, called interventional oncology, is now being performed hundreds of times every day by specialists in a medical field that is unfamiliar to many cancer patients. Many predict this fast-growing specialty will soon join medical, surgical and radiation oncology as the fourth pillar of cancer care."
NEW YORK TIMES (November 25, 2014)
"When Dr. Jennifer Kemp’s husband got advanced rectal cancer, she got an unexpected patient’s-eye view of her profession.
Her husband was having scans every three months, terrified each time that they might reveal bad news. Dr. Kemp, a Denver radiologist, would sit down with her husband’s radiologist afterward. Even so, it c
ould be an hour before a scan was ready to be viewed.
'I couldn’t believe how anxiety-provoking it was to wait even an hour,' she said. 'Sometimes he would get a scan I didn’t feel comfortable interpreting and he had to spend 24 hours waiting — and I had connections,' she added. 'That was absolute torture.'”