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"Imageable" Zinc-Silicate Glass Microspheres For Transarterial Embolization: A Renal Artery Embolization Study.

Sharon Kehoe / Salma Amensag / Mark Looney / Robert J. Abraham / Daniel Boyd
Published Online: 2015-08-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bglass-2015-0007


Intrinsically radiopaque (imageable) microspheres for transarterial embolization (TAE) are required to enable real-time intraprocedural feedback and definition of spatial distribution patterns of embolic materials in target tissues. This pilot study evaluates acute and sub-chronic safety and efficacy of imageable zinc-silicate (Zn-Si) glass microspheres in a swine renal artery embolization (RAE) model. Eight swine were divided into two cohorts. Clinical determinants of embolization effectiveness, including imageability, deliverability and temporal/ spatial distribution of microspheres in target tissues were assessed. Subsequently, cohort I and II were used to evaluate the acute and subchronic host response against the Zn-Si microspheres versus a clinical control. The developed microspheres provide for direct intraprocedural feedback using standard diagnostic imaging techniques. Fluoroscopy correlated with ex-vivo high-resolution radiography, CT and micro-CT, demonstrating high imageability, excellent spatial distribution and packing of the Zn- Si microspheres. At follow-up, infarction of the embolized kidneys was noted without any major adverse tissue reaction. Mild recanalization was observed microscopically for both experimental and control microspheres. Zn-Si microspheres permit the definition of spatial distribution in a target tissue, consequently permitting the optimization, personalization and improvement of TAE techniques.

Keywords: Zinc-Silicate Glass; Embolic Microspheres; Radiopacity; Embolization; Swine Renal Artery Embolization; Biocompatibility


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Received: 2015-06-08

Accepted: 2015-06-08

Published Online: 2015-08-26

Citation Information: Biomedical glasses, Volume 1, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2299-3932, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bglass-2015-0007.

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