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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Aneurysm Victims Helped With Brain Glue Here At UCLA

A glue-like substance called "Liquid Onyx" delivered directly to the brain offers hope to patients with aneurysms that might otherwise be fatal.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Our Docs Use Glue To Patch Up An Aneurysm

Our Docs use glue, That's Right Glue! to path up an aneurysm, Check out this report from KCAL9 with our own Satoshi Tateshima, M.D., DMSc about this new procedure by clicking here.

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Friday, December 12, 2008


Brain Aneurysms and How UCLA Doctors are using 3D Imagery of the Brain

ABC7's Dr. Jay interviews our very own Dr. Satoshi Tateshima.

Click Here To Watch the Video about Brain Aneurysms and how our UCLA Doctors are using 3D Imagery of the brain to save lives.

"Once it ruptures, it's horrible," said Dr. Satoshi Tateshima, an interventional neuroradiologist here at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Our 3D Brain Scan Software Detects Brain Aneurysms Early

Our Doctors have the software that helps them detect and treat brain aneurysms early.

Click to watch the ABC 7 story with our very own Satoshi Tateshima, M.D., an interventional neuroradiologist here at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

Up to one in 15 Americans will develop an aneurysm in their brain. It carries deadly consequences. Those who are fortunate to spot the warning signs early now have a new line of defense. UCLA used a high-tech crystal ball to give one local mom a second chance at life.

Rebecca Gadberry lives the life she always dreamed. She has a devoted husband, Mark, and son, Kyle, who rarely leaves his mom's side.

"Because she does nice stuff to me," said Kyle Gadberry.

One day, everything changed.

"I felt the life go out of me. I was just in shock," said Rebecca Gadberry.

"First day we were in shock, kind of numb. Second day, I think we cried all day," said Mark Gadberry.

Rebecca found out she had an aneurysm -- a bulging blood vessel in her brain.

"I had a bomb in my head that could go off at any minute," said Rebecca.

If an aneurysm ruptures, one-third of patients die immediately. Another third die within a month and survivors may face neurological problems.

"Once it ruptures, it's horrible," said interventional neuroradiologist," said Satoshi Tateshima, M.D., an interventional neuroradiologist at the Ronald Reagan University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center.

Computer software gets rid of some of the guessing and gives neurosurgeons a a glimpse into the future.

"We can reconstruct 3D aneurysms in a virtual space," said Dr. Tateshima.

The program simulates blood flow direction, speed and friction in an aneurysm. The more friction, the greater chance for disaster.

In Rebecca's case, the model predicted her aneurysm was in danger of bursting. It helped her make a decision to have surgery immediately.

Six months later, Rebecca visits the doctor who saved her life and sees what could have happened in her brain. Doctors say the software gives them more control.

"The more we know about the enemy, the better fight we can make," Dr. Tateshima.

The Gadberrys now have a second chance for a happy ending.

"It's a success story instead of a horror story," said Mark.

Women between the ages of 35 and 60 are more likely to have a brain aneurysm than men.

UCLA and George Mason University are the only centers using the software under a federal grant. It will likely be available to all hospitals within the next two years.

Web Extra Information: Crystal Ball For Brain Aneurysms

Brain aneurysms occur when an artery in the brain abnormally bulges outwards. According to the American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology, one in 15 people in the United States will develop the condition in their lifetime. Women are more susceptible to aneurysms than men. An aneurysm often goes undetected until it ruptures and causes bleeding in the brain, or a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Such hemorrhages can cause stroke, brain damage and even death. More than 30,000 people across the nation suffer these types of hemorrhages. The prognosis is grim.
According to Satoshi Tateshima, M.D., an interventional neuroradiologist at the Ronald Reagan University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, around one-third die before reaching the hospital and another third die within the first 30 days after the rupture. Many of those who survive are left with permanent brain damage.

After an aneurysm ruptures, the main goal of treatment is to stop the bleeding and damage to the brain, and reduce the likelihood of recurrence. Sometimes aneurysms are detected and treated before they rupture using one of two treatment options: surgery or minimally-invasive endovascular coiling.
Surgical treatment of aneurysms involves a craniotomy, or removing a portion of the skull. Brain tissue is moved aside and surgeons stop blood flow to the aneurysm using a tiny metal clip. The bone is then replaced and the incision is closed. The endovascular option is a minimally-invasive procedure. The aneurysm is accessed by inserting a catheter into the femoral artery in a patient's leg and up to the head.
Tiny platinum coils are threaded through the catheter and into the aneurysm until all of the space inside it is full. This blocks blood flow and prevents a rupture from occurring. More than 125,000 patients around the world have been treated with this method. Studies have found many benefits of the minimally-invasive treatment over the surgical method. For example, it cuts hospital time in half, reduces the likelihood of new symptoms and disability following treatment, and shortens recovery time from one year to, in some instances, just 27 days.

Sometimes treating an aneurysm that hasn't ruptured is risky, but a new technology is allowing surgeons to assess a patient's condition before they decide their course of action. The computer modeling software creates a vivid color, 3-D image of the brain.
Doctors are able to measure the friction of blood flow against the weakened artery and plan a treatment approach in advance. After evaluating the aneurysm with the software, doctors sometimes decide not to treat it because the risks of the procedure outweigh the benefits. "We run the simulation and we see the flow pattern, and we evaluate them and decide the best option; whether we should observe it or treat it," Dr. Tateshima told Ivanhoe. According to him, the software has been an invaluable tool. "The more we know about the enemy, the better fight we can make," he explained.


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Monday, December 1, 2008


NBC Nightly News, Dr. Gary Duckwiler and 3D Aneurysm Scan

New 3D Scan Targets Aneurysms

People with brain aneurysms often show no symptoms until it's too late, but now a new type of 3D brain scan here at UCLA is enabling our doctors to see the a problem early so it can be fixed it in time.

NBC's Robert Bazell interviews our very own Dr. Gary Duckwiler

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Sunday, November 9, 2008


UCLA Predicting the Future for Aneurysm Patients

This new computer software provides a 3-D view of a brain aneurysm, a weakened and bulging blood vessel wall in the brain. Available here at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and at one other hospital in the nation. This technology helps interventional neuroradiologists predict whether their patients aneurysms are at high risk for rupture and require surgery immediately.

The story featured our very own Dr. Satoshi Tateshima, assistant professor of radiological sciences here in the division of interventional neuroradiology, and a patient whose life he saved. This story aired Nov. 3 on NBC-affiliate WECT (Wilmington, NC) and Nov. 4 on ABC-affiliate KVII (Amarillo, TX).

"Crystal Ball for Brain Aneurysms"

"Lifewatch: Aneurysms"

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Monday, September 15, 2008


A Photosynth Look at The Cutting Edge

Above find a "Photosynth" of where our Doctors save lives. Zoom in to see great detail of where aneurysms are treated here at UCLA.

The Division of Interventional Neuroradiology using cutting edge technology in treatment and in showing you how we do our jobs.

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