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Interventional Radiology Around The World

January 12, 2017 via Vimeo

A recent episode on a National Public Health Television show in Istanbul, Turkey featured #WithoutaScalpel documentary doctor, Dr. Gregg Alzate and local Interventional Radiologist, Dr. Başar Sarıkaya

Dr. Sevda Sarikaya, a Neurologist is the host of the national TV channel, which was broadcasted live. Dr. Sarikaya, on her weekly show around noon time, mostly covers Alzheimer’s disease and different aspects of the disease involving the sufferers, loved ones and how to take actions for improving the conditions and raising public awareness to ease the challenges that the families have to go through. As it is one of the few TV shows hosted by an M.D. in the country and the main purpose of the show is not to emphasize on individual health recommendations rather but to increase awareness on certain common public healthcare issues as well as other related problems of the society, in fact basicly on anything that would eventually serve to make the society Turkish people live in, a better one. 

Being married to a practicing Interventional Radiologist and Neuroradiologist, Dr. Basar Sarikaya, Dr. Sevda Sarikaya has also witnessed the magic of Interventional Radiology and full potential of MIIPs; both indirectly through her spouse and directly on some of her patients she referred to for such treatments. 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.

Around Alamo: Ex-hospital exec promoting film on innovative procedures

Via East Bay Times, by CATERINA MELLINGERPUBLISHED: 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."

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Josef Rösch: An Interventional Pioneer

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).

Fighting Liver Cancer with a Sniper Rifle

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.’”

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Without a Scalpel is now available on Video On Demand! 

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.

Without a Scalpel is a fascinating glimpse inside 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.

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."

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When the Tables Turned: How My Experience as a Patient Brought Me Back to Healthcare

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."

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Ask4UFE feature on The Interventional Initiative

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?"

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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! 

Cryoablation Shown As Viable Alternative To Lumpectomy For Early Stage Breast Cancer

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.

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Patient information about Uterine Fibroid Embolization vs. surgery 


"If you and your physician determine that you have uterine fibroids, it is a good idea to discuss the various alternative treatment options for fibroids that are available to you, including uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). 

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."

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New Stroke Treatment Saves Lives, Improves Recovery


"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."

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New No-Surgery Weight Loss Procedure Shows Promise


"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."

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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:

  • Kill tumor cells, shrink tumors, or regrow the healthy part of a cancerous organ.
  • Deliver chemotherapy or radiation directly to the cancer site.
  • Usually be done as an outpatient procedure with fewer side effects than conventional treatments like chemotherapy.
  • Potentially treat many types of cancer, either alone or combined with other therapies.

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."

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Radiologists Are Reducing the Pain of Uncertainty

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.'”

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