UAB interventional radiologist performs first human procedure using new device

The EMBOLD Fibered Detachable Coil System is used in embolization procedures and may help improve procedure efficiency and patient outcomes.
Written by: Amanda Dunn
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EMBOLDD StreamPhoto provided by Theresa Caridi, M.D.Physicians in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Radiology have successfully performed the first human procedure using the EMBOLD™ Fibered Detachable Coil System. Theresa Caridi, M.D., director and associate professor of the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, interventional radiologist at UAB Hospital, and vice chair of Interventional Affairs, led the team that performed this procedure. 

The EMBOLD Fibered Detachable Coil System is used in embolization procedures. Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure that takes away blood flow from an abnormal blood vessel or vessels. The reason for embolization is widespread and may include bleeding, tumor, shunting, and other arterial/venous abnormalities.

“This minimally invasive procedure using new technology can help improve procedure efficiency and enable better patient outcomes,” Caridi said. “The device is designed to help reduce preparation and procedure times by limiting the amount of equipment and number of additional products required to complete the embolization.”  

The system has multi-catheter compatibility that may help interventional radiologists complete embolization procedures in a more efficient manner. The device also features a delivery system that prevents kinks from forming during the procedure, which may help reduce treatment complications. Caridi has shared input in the development process and served as a physician adviser on the project since its conception in 2018. Caridi says she was inspired by the extremely diverse team of engineers, physicians and product specialists and is looking forward to continuing to help patients.