UCLA Interventional Neuroradiology
Aneurysm / Stroke Treatment Center California
October 13, 2011
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Detachable Coils Defeat Brain Aneurysms
With Skill and Ingenuity
Dr. Vinuela and his Guglielmi Detachable Coil (GDC) is showcased in the newly published 2010 AUTM's Better World Report.
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The Division of Interventional Neuroradiology at UCLA is known for invention of the coiling technique with Guglielmi Detachable Coils which are now a major modality for treatment of brain aneurysms. The group has also invented the Matrix coils for treatment of aneurysms and been instrumental in development of Onyx liquid embolic agent for treatment of brain arteriovenous malformations, the MERCI device for treatment of stroke amongst others. The interventional Neuroradiology team is an active member of the UCLA Stroke Center which is one of only seven centers in the United States funded by the National Institute of Health to carry out translational research in the field of stroke treatment.
On February 26, 2010, NIH News issued this report: “Landmark NIH Clinical Trial Comparing Two Stroke Prevention Procedures Shows Surgery and Stenting Equally Safe and Effective”. UCLA’S Division of Interventional Neuroradiology participated in this trial. A major new study of people at risk for stroke showed that two medical procedures designed to prevent future strokes are safe and effective overall. Physicians will now have more options in tailoring treatments for their patients at risk for stroke. In the trial of 2,502 participants, carotid endarterectomy (CEA), a surgical procedure to clear blocked blood flow and considered the gold standard prevention treatment, was compared to carotid artery stenting (CAS), a newer and less invasive procedure that involves threading a stent and expanding a small protective device in the artery to widen the blocked area and capture any dislodged plaque. Read more...
On April 20, the CBS show The Doctors featured Dr. Peter Lawrence, chief of vascular surgery, explaining a carotid artery ultrasound test to screen for stroke risk while UCLA technician Vicki Carter performed the noninvasive test on a volunteer. In addition, Dr. Reza Jahan, associate professor of interventional neuroradiology, demonstrated the MERCI Retriever, a device used to mechanically remove a clot from patients suffering an ischemic stroke.
UCLA Medical Center's Endovascular Therapy Program evaluates adults and children for cerebrovascular disorders including aneurysms, brain arteriovenous malformations, stroke, arteriovenous fistulas, spine vascular malformations, carotid stenosis, cerebral angioplasty and stenting. After multidisciplinary consultation including colleagues in stroke neurology and neurosurgery, the optimal treatment plan is determined.
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