Philly physicians use targeted radiation to treat blocked artery

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An article in The Seattle Times covers a new technique used at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia to clear blockages in coronary arteries.

Though the common method is performing a balloon angioplasty, these physicians used a targeted dose of radiation inside an artery to inhibit the regrowth of cells, called brachytherapy—and it worked.

They performed the procedure on Elaine Paparella Vandeputte, a 73-year-old woman who has had blockages in her right coronary four times. Since angioplasties didn’t seem to be working, she opted for the radiation procedure.

“I feel absolutely fantastic,” she said.

To read more about how targeted radiation can be used to clear blockages in coronary arteries, follow the link below: