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Capitol Hill briefing explores how IR revolutionizes medical treatment

Society of Interventional Radiology and Rep. Mia Love team to discuss cutting-edge, minimally invasive medical treatments

WASHINGTON (May 3, 2018)—The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), in conjunction with Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, yesterday explored how the toughest medical challenges can be treated with minimally invasive, image-guided treatments performed by interventional radiologists.

In a panel discussion held in the Cannon House Office Building, three interventional radiologists—Theresa M. Caridi, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; Arshad A. Khan, MD, FSIR, MedStar Washington Hospital Center; and Venu Vadlamudi, MD, Association of Alexandria Radiologists and Inova Alexandria Hospital—explained how they treat conditions as varied as stroke, fibroids, postpartum hemorrhage, cancer and pain, using advanced imaging, a small incision, and innovative devices.

Jeannie Franklin, an interventional radiology patient, participated in the panel to describe how her quality of life was restored thanks to an interventional radiology treatment for uterine fibroids called uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE.

Watch the briefing on SIR’s Facebook page.

“This briefing highlighted the urgent need to ensure that an adequate number of interventional radiologists are trained to meet the needs of patients,” said SIR Executive Director Susan E. Sedory, who moderated the panel. “This is why SIR supports Rep. Love’s bill, H.R.1167, the Enhancing Opportunities for Medical Doctors Act, which will reallocate currently unused federally funded graduate medical education training slots to rural hospitals, new medical schools and new specialties, like interventional radiology, to ensure our nation’s medical community is keeping up with the demand for services.”

“We are at a critical point in health care in this country. I believe we must do everything we can to encourage innovation and workforce development in the medical field,” said Rep. Mia Love. “I’m excited at such advancements in interventional radiology and am proud that my bill would make a difference in making these things happen.”

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Elise Castelli
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Phone: (703) 460-5572 

About the Society of Interventional Radiology

The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 7,500 practicing interventional radiology physicians, trainees, students, scientists and clinical associates, dedicated to improving patient care through the limitless potential of image-guided therapies. SIR’s members work in a variety of settings and at different professional levels—from medical students and residents to university faculty and private practice physicians.