Therapeutic angiogenesis: the next frontier for interventional radiology. Techniques in vascular and interventional radiology Liddell, R. P., Weiss, C. R., Hofmann, L. V. 2004; 7 (1): 40-48


The field of interventional radiology has traditionally relied on mechanical methods to treat vascular disease, such as angioplasty balloons and stents. Although there have been a number of important technical advances in endovascular devices, there are still a number of patients who are not candidates for percutaneous or surgical revascularization. As we approach the technical limits of these newer devices, therapeutic angiogenesis may play an ever-increasing role in the future. Interventional radiologists have unique delivery skills that would complement the on-going research in this area. It is the goal of this article to serve as a primer for interventional radiologists on the agents and techniques used in this exciting field.

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