physics: Report of the AAPM Radiation Therapy Committee Task Group no.
"In my 25 years of battling heart disease, I have undergone three open heart surgeries, intravascular brachytherapy
and multiple bare metal stent procedures," said Rehak.
The first intravascular brachytherapy
(radiation) system for recurrent blockages in coronary arteries previously treated with coronary artery stents is a vast improvement over existing technology, according to Paul Teirstein, director of interventional cardiology, Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, Calif.
A Scripps Institute randomized trial of intravascular brachytherapy
with IVUS guidance of symmetrical radiation to prevent in-stent restenosis demonstrated a 68.5% reduction of restenosis.