Dr. Dolores Ferrer Puchol of the Hospital Universitario de la Ribera de Alzira in Valencia, Spain, has received a top award at the 36th Congress of the Spanish Society of Medical Radiology (SERAM) and XXXI CIR.
Puchol received the award for most cited article for "Selective intra-arterial embolization as a treatment for hemorrhoidal pathology," published in the journal Radiologia.
In the article, Puchol and colleagues describe how they used right femoral artery or radial artery access to catheterize the inferior mesenteric artery, proceeding to the superior rectal artery with a 2.7 F microcatheter to catheterize and embolize each distal branch distally with polyvinyl alcohol particles (300-500 µm) and proximally with coils (2-3 mm). Patients were discharged 24 hours after the procedure and clinically followed up at one month by anoscopy.
In 20 patients, the authors achieved technical success in 18 (90%) patients and clinical success in 15 (83.4%).
During the awards ceremony, the author thanked SERAM for its efforts to contribute to the science of radiology in Spain and for awarding prizes that encourage its members to continue working for science.