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  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR 31
    Available Until
    4/1/2021
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    Pelvic congestion syndrome is associated with pelvic varicosities that result in chronic pelvic pain, especially in the setting of prolonged standing, coitus, menstruation, and pregnancy. Although the underlying pathophysiology of pelvic congestion syndrome sunclear, it probably results from acombination of dysfunctional venous valves, retrograde blood flow, venous hypertension, and dilatation. Asymptomatic women may also have pelvic varicosities, making pelvic congestion syndrome difficult to diognose.This article explore stheetiologies of pain, use of imaging techniques, and clinical management of pelvic
    congestion syndrome. Possible explanations for the spectrum of pain among women with pelvic varicosities are also discussed.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR 32
    Available Until
    8/23/2021
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) considers the use of catheter directed therapy (CDT) or thrombolysis to be an acceptable treatment option for carefully selected patients with massive (ie, high-risk) pulmonary embolism (PE) involving the proximal pulmonary arterial vasculature, in accordance with multidisciplinary guidelines (1–4). SIR defines acute proximal PE as new main or lobar emboli identified on radiographic imaging within 14 days of PE symptoms. In addition, SIR encourages the investigative use of CDT and new endovascular techniques in prospective outcomes studies and clinical trials, with particular attention to patients with acute submassive (ie, intermediate-risk) PE.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR 38
    Available Until
    3/1/2022
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    In a single-arm, nonrandomized, retrospective case-control study, 39 patients (mean age, 44 y) who underwent elective outpatient uterine artery embolization (UAE) with the use of superior hypogastric nerve block (SNHB) for pain control over a period of 3 years were identified. Technical success of SNHB was 87%. Of the 34 patients who received SNHB, 97% did not need a patient-controlled analgesia pump. The median opioid requirement for the 17 patients who needed opioid agents was 7.5 morphine milligram equivalents (interquartile range [IQR], 10). The median length of stay was 2.2 hours (IQR, 1.7 h). SHNB offers a safe and effective intervention that significantly reduces pain and the need for opiate agents and allows same-day discharge after UAE.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR29
    Available Until
    12/1/2020
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

     

    ABSTRACT
    Purpose: To determine facility and patient demographics associated with survival in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)treated with radiofrequency (RF) ablation.

    Materials and Methods: The National Cancer Database was queried for cases of stage 1a NSCLC treated with RF ablation without chemotherapy or radiotherapy from 2004 to 2014. High-volume centers (HVCs) were defined as the top 95th percentile of facilities by number of procedures performed. Overall survival (OS) was estimated with the Kaplan-Meier method, and comparisons between survival curves were performed with the log-rank test. Propensity score-matched cohort analysis was performed. P values less than .05 were considered statistically significant.

    Results: In the final cohort, 967 cases were included. Estimated median survival and follow-up were 33.1 and 62.5 months, respectively. Of 305 facilities, 15 were determined to be HVCs, treating 13 or more patients from 2004 to 2014. A total of 335 cases (34.6%) were treated at HVCs. On multivariate Cox regression analysis, treatment at an HVC was independently associated with improved OS (hazard ratio [HR] 1⁄4 0.766; P 1⁄4 .006). After propensity score adjustment, 1-, 3-, and 5-year OS was 89.8%, 51.2%, and 27.7%, respectively, for patients treated at HVCs, compared to 85.2%, 41.5%, and 19.6%, respectively, for patients treated at non-HVCs (P 1⁄4 .015). Increasing age (HR 1⁄4 1.012; P 1⁄4 .013) and higher T-classification (HR 1⁄4 1.392; P < .001) were independently associated with worse OS.

    Conclusion: Patients with early-stage NSCLC treated with RF ablation at HVCs experienced a significant increase in OS, suggesting regionalization of lung cancer management as a means of improving outcomes.

     

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR30
    Available Until
    2/3/2021
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    In the high-volume and increasingly complex world of image-guided therapy and medical imaging, awareness of the potential risks secondary to occupational radiation exposure in medical professionals needs greater focus. One of these risks is radiation- induced cataracts, a recently recognized entity, which may impact the physician’s professional proficiency, quality of life, and career span. This review article aims to explain the pathogenesis of radiation-induced cataracts, exploring emerging evidence regarding their development. It also explores the existing monitoring and protection measures available to protect against such radiation-induced pathologic conditions.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR33
    Available Until
    11/9/2021
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    There is continuing debate among physicians, nurses, and federal regulatory agencies regarding the correct position for the tip of a central venous catheter. The traditional approach has been to place the catheter tip within the superior vena cava. However, many interventionalists believe that the performance and durability of the catheter will be improved by positioning the catheter tip within the upper right atrium. Recently, this variability in clinical practice has become an increasingly divisive issue among physicians who insert these catheters and nurses who use them. This article is intended to elucidate the controversial issues and provide a brief review of the extensive literature on this important topic.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR34
    Available Until
    11/9/2021
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    ABSTRACT

    Eight patients with giant prostatic enlargement > 200 mL and lower urinary tract symptoms who underwent bilateral prostatic artery embolization (PAE) were reviewed. Mean prostate volume decreased from 318.2 mL to 212.2 mL (P < .01). At 5-month mean follow- up, International Prostate Symptom Score decreased by 16.7 points (P < .05), and urinary quality of life improved by 3.0 points (P < .01). Three of 4 catheter-dependent patients no longer needed catheterization after the procedure. No major complications were encountered. Preliminary results suggest PAE is safe and effective in patients with giant prostatic enlargement > 200 mL.

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  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR35
    Available Until
    11/11/2021
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    Percutaneous endovascular interventions have been widely used and proven as the standard of care in the management of dysfunctional dialysis access and as an effective alternative compared with similar surgical interventions. This document provides an update on key topics relevant to endovascular management of thrombosed or dysfunctional dialysis access since the first SIR guidelines published in 2003.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR37
    Available Until
    2/15/2022
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    Purpose

    To present final, 2-year results of a randomized trial comparing paclitaxel-coated vs uncoated balloon angioplasty following vessel preparation with ultra–high-pressure percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in hemodialysis arteriovenous fistulae (AVFs).

    Materials and Methods

    Twenty-three sites enrolled 285 subjects with dysfunctional AVFs located in the arm. Before 1:1 randomization, successful vessel preparation was achieved (full waist effacement, < 30% residual stenosis). Follow-up was clinically driven except for a 6-month office visit.

    Results

    Ninety-six of 141 subjects in the drug-coated balloon (DCB) arm and 111 of 144 in the control arm completed the study. Target lesion primary patency (TLPP) rates for the DCB and control groups were 58% ± 4 vs 46% ± 4 (P = .02) at 9 months, 44% ± 5 vs 36% ± 4 (P = .04) at 12 months, 34% ± 5 vs 28% ± 4 (P = .06) at 18 months, and 27% ± 4 vs 24% ± 4 (P = .09) at 24 months, respectively. Mean time to TLPP event for subjects with an event was longer for DCBs (322 vs 207 d; P < .0001). Fewer interventions were needed to maintain target lesion patency in the DCB group at 9 months (P = .02) but not at 12 (P = .08), 18 (P = .13), or 24 months (P = .19). The noninferiority safety target was met at all intervals (P < .01). Mortality did not differ between groups (P = .27). Post hoc analyses showed equivalent DCB effect in all subgroups.

    Conclusions

    Two-year results demonstrate long-term safety and variable efficacy of DCB angioplasty in AVFs.

     

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR39
    Available Until
    4/1/2022
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    Image-guided percutaneous drainage or aspiration of abscesses and abnormal fluid collections (PDAFC) has become the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of choice for a wide variety of fluid collections. The procedures have resulted in reduced morbidity and mortality and have helped to reduce length of hospital stay and hospital costs (1–18). This Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Quality Improvement (QI) Guideline outlines the specifications and principles for performing high-quality PDAFC.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR40
    Available Until
    5/1/2022
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    Purpose: To determine if magnification spot radiographs acquired before attempting inferior vena cava (IVC) filter removal have value in the assessment for filter fractures. 

    Materials and Methods: A retrospective review of complex IVC filter removals performed at a tertiary referral center from October 2015 to May 2017 was performed. Magnification spot radiographs (frontal and at least 2 oblique views) were obtained with the fluoroscopic unit in the procedure suite prior to venous access for filter removal. Patients were included in the study if a computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen/pelvis before filter removal was available. Ninety-six patients (47 women and 49 men) were included. Most removed filters were the Recovery/G2/G2X/Eclipse/Meridian (n ¼ 28), the Günther Tulip (n ¼ 26), and the Celect/Celect Platinum (n ¼ 22). Blinded review of the pre-procedural CT scans and spot radiographs for the presence of filter fractures was performed by 2 interventional radiologists. Accuracy of each modality was assessed using the status of the explanted filter as the gold standard. Agreement between the 2 readers was assessed with the kappa statistic. 

    Results: Fractures were present in 27 explanted filters (28%). Accuracy of CT was 88% and 68% for readers 1 and 2, respectively, which increased to 98% and 97% with magnification spot radiographs. The kappa statistic was 0.12 for CT and 0.97 for spot radiographs. 

    Conclusions: Magnification spot radiographs acquired before attempting IVC filter removal improve detection of filter fractures and agreement among interventional radiologists. Therefore, these should be performed routinely to allow for optimal treatment planning.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR41
    Available Until
    5/1/2022
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    Although a snare is the commonly used device for antegrade double J (DJ) stent removal, there are some cases in which DJ stent removal using only a snare is particularly difficult. In the present study, an unfavorable positioning of the proximal DJ stent tip and tip embeddedness were significantly associated with a simple snare technique failure; thus, present the modified snare technique to overcome the simple snare technique failure. By applying these 2 techniques together, we can increase the overall technical success rate up to 97% (196/202). The modified snare technique is safe and effective in cases of simple snare technique failure.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR42
    Available Until
    5/1/2022
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    Purpose: To evaluate the rate and risk factors for hemorrhage in patients undergoing real-time, ultrasound-guided paracentesis by radiologists without correction of coagulopathy. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective study of all patients who underwent real-time, ultrasound-guided paracentesis at a single institution over a 2-year period. In total, 3116 paracentesis procedures were performed: 757 (24%) inpatients and 2,359 (76%) outpatients. Ninety-five percent of patients had a diagnosis of cirrhosis. Mean patient age was 56.6 years. Mean international normalized ratio (INR) was 1.6; INR was > 2 in 437 (14%) of cases. Mean platelet count was 122 x 103 /μL; platelet count was < 50 x 103 /μL in 368 (12%) of patients. Seven hundred seven (23%) patients were dialysis dependent. Patients were followed for 2 weeks after paracentesis to assess for hemorrhage requiring transfusion or rescue angiogram/embolization. Univariate analysis was performed to determine risk factors for hemorrhage. Blood product and cost saving analysis were performed. Results: Significant post-paracentesis hemorrhage occurred in 6 (0.19%) patients, and only 1 patient required an angiogram with embolization. No predictors of post-procedure bleeding were found, including INR and platelet count. Transfusion of 1125 units of fresh frozen plasma and 366 units of platelets were avoided, for a transfusion-associated cost savings of $816,000. Conclusions: Without correction of coagulation abnormalities with prophylactic blood product transfusion, post-procedural hemorrhage is very rare when paracentesis is performed with real-time ultrasound guidance by radiologists.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR43
    Available Until
    5/1/2022
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    Single-step pull-type gastrostomy tube (PGT) placement is a method involving gastric puncture with a curved 18-gauge trocar needle
    allowing retrograde cannulation of the gastroesophageal junction without use of a sheath or snare. This retrospective review of 102
    patients who underwent single-step PGT placement demonstrated 91% success in advancing the wire up the esophagus using only the
    curved trocar. Successful placement of a gastrostomy tube was 100%. Two major and 2 minor complications occurred within 30 days, all
    unrelated to the single-step technique. Mean fluoroscopy time for all patients was 5.1 min (range, 1.5–19.2 min). Single-step PGT
    placement is an effective, safe, fast, and equipment-sparing method for gastrostomy placement.

  • Course Code
    AVIR-DJR44
    Available Until
    5/1/2022
    Course Type
    Directed Journal Readings
    CEUs
    1.00

    Purpose: To analyze technique, outcomes, and complications of a large series of pediatric percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) procedures performed at 4 tertiary pediatric centers. Materials and Methods: Retrospective multicenter study of PCNs performed during an 11-year period. Six hundred seventy-five PCNs were performed on 441 patients (median age: 4 y, range: 1 d–18 y, median weight: 17 kg, range: 0.7–112 kg); 31% were younger than 1 year. The most frequent indications for PCN procedures included hydronephrosis (57%), calculus (14%), and infection (12%). Forty-five percent of patients had severe and 32% had moderate hydronephrosis. Results: Technical success was 99% (n ¼ 668); 7 failures occurred from lost access, during tract dilatation (n ¼ 5) and during staghorn calculi without dilatation (n ¼ 2). General anesthesia was used in 73% of procedures. Combined ultrasound and fluoroscopy was used in 98% of procedures. Of the 668 procedures, 561 (84%) were primary nephrostomy insertions, and 107 (16%) were a variety of exchanges (secondary catheter insertions). Twenty-four of 675 (4%) were transplanted kidneys. Access sites included lower (47%), mid (28%), and upper (12%) poles and pelvis (11%). Catheters were predominantly 7-8 French (n ¼ 352). The mean catheter dwell time was 25 days (0–220 d). Total primary catheter days were 14,482, with an additional 2,241 days after secondary procedures. Follow-up in 653/668 (98%) procedures documented elective removal (79%) and salvage procedures (21%), which included wire exchange (8.7%), nephroureteral stent/catheter conversion (8.8%), and tube upsizing (3.5%). Periprocedural complications occurred in 30/668 (4.5%) procedures: 1 major (0.1%) self-limiting hematuria requiring transfusion and 29 (4.4%) minor complications. Conclusions: PCN is safe and successful in children of all ages, with few major complications. PCN in children is associated with specific technical challenges and requires ongoing management tailored to the very young to achieve good outcomes.

Miscellaneous Courses
  • Course Code
    VI-2018
    Available Until
    4/20/2022
    Course Type
    VI Review Course
    CEUs
    4.00

    The AVIR is pleased to announce that our Annual VI Board Prep course, offered at our annual meeting each year, is now available as an online webinar.

    This second edition of the VI Review Course was created for the 2018 annual meeting and includes 4 hours of lectures from new speakers and reviews all of the sections of the ARRT exam matrix. This package also includes AVIR's proprietary mock registry exam and answer sheet to prepare for your test. Both the lecture and the exam can be watched and practiced as many times as you would like, but you must complete the post lecture quiz to recieve CE credits for you time. 

    This course is approved for 4 CE credits.