Two U of M Interventional Radiology Papers Receive Awards

Shamar Young, MD, assistant professor and Jafar Golzarian, MD, professor, and division director of interventional radiology and vascular imaging in the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Radiology have recently received recognition for two papers.

“Prostate embolization: patient selection, clinical management and results”, published by Drs. Young and Golzarian in CVIR Endovascular, was the most downloaded paper for the journal, being downloaded more than 4,000 times during the 2019 calendar year. The award will be presented at the annual meeting in September.

This paper examines prostate artery embolization, a promising new technique for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia induced lower urinary tract symptoms, and introduces important urologic measurements/tests, patient selection paradigms, and clinical management concepts for interventional radiologists, as well as reviews anticipated patient outcomes.

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“Current Trends in the Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Transarterial Embolization: Variability in Technical Aspects”, published by Drs. Young and Golzarian in Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology, was selected by the journal’s editors as the top 10 best paper of the year.

Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is a common treatment for unresectable hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs); however, variation in the technical aspects make meaningful comparisons between articles difficult. This study surveyed members of the five largest interventional radiology societies in the world to evaluate the technical aspects of TACE in order to understand current treatment strategies as a first step toward technique standardization. 1160 responses, across 62 countries were received, and analysis showed that technical aspects of TACE for HCC vary significantly by geographical location.

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