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Interventional Radiology and Abdominal Imaging and Intervention Shine at WCIO

Posted on Aug 4, 2017

The Interventional Radiology and Abdominal Imaging and Intervention sections had another remarkable year at the annual World Congress of Interventional Oncology (WCIO). The conference took place in Boston, MA from June 8-11 and was the first WCIO meeting following the formation earlier this year of the Society of Interventional Oncology.

In total, four of the 40 oral presentations at the event and 14 of the 108 posters displayed were created by participants from the University of Wisconsin. Eight residents, three clinical fellows, and five research fellows presented or had posters displayed. Shapiro summer 2016 medical student Jeanette Comstock won a Top 5 poster award for her poster titled, “Clinical Outcomes of Percutaneous Microwave Ablation for Hepatic Colorectal Metastasis with a Modern Generation System.” Comstock was mentored by Dr. Tim Ziemlewicz and the tumor ablation team, Drs. Meghan Lubner, Shane Wells, Fred Lee Jr., and Louis Hinshaw. Lee also contributed to the poster, “Underlying Mechanisms of Histotripsy - A Novel Noninvasive Image-guided Focused Ultrasound Tumor Ablation Modality,” authored by Dr. Zhen Xu of the University of Michigan which won a Top 5 award at the conference.


  • Dr. Wells gave a lecture on renal tumor ablation at the Resident and Fellow Symposium.
  • Dr. Lee gave a lecture on device development.
Oral Presentations:
  • Laeseke PF, Brace CL, Sawin EA, Yu JJ. Microwave ablation induced changes of the transcriptome: A Pilot Study
  • Smolock AR, Cristescu MM, Vlaisavljevich E, Gendron-Fitzpatrick A, Ziemlewicz TJ, Lee FT Jr. Robotically Assisted Sonic Therapy (RAST) for Non-Invasive Liver Ablation in a Porcine Animal Model.
  • Longo K, Smolock AR, Lubner M, Hinshaw JL, Wells S, Laeseke P, Ziemelewicz T, Lee F. Microwave Ablation of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Outcomes in BCLC 0 and A Patients with Single versus Multiple Synchronous Tumors.
  • Meram E, Vardar BU, Karaoglu K, Laeseke PF, Ozkan O. Prognostic Accuracy of Staging Systems for Patients with HCC undergoing Radioembolization
  • Combining Microwave Ablation and Transarterial Chemoembolization Improves Local Tumor Control of 3- to 5-cm Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
    Smolock AR, Cristescu MM, Hinshaw A, Woo KM, Wells SA, Ziemlewicz TJ, Lubner MG, Dalvie PS, Hinshaw JL, Brace CL, Ozkan OS, Lee FT Jr, Laeseke P.
  • Percutaneous Microwave Lung Tumor Ablation: A Single Center Mid-Term Experience.
    Cristescu MM, Smolock AR, Wells S, Lubner MG, Ziemlewicz TJ, Hinshaw JL, Lee FT Jr.
  • Post-transplantation Outcomes Following Percutaneous Microwave Ablation as Bridge-to-Transplant Monotherapy for HCC.
    Cristescu MM, Smolock AR, Wells S, Lubner MG, Ziemlewicz TJ, Hinshaw JL, Lee FT Jr.
  • Robotically Assisted Sonic Therapy (RAST): A Non-Invasive Non-Thermal Ablation Modality. How it works, treatment application, post-ablation imaging, and histopathology.
    Longo KC, Smolock AR, Cristescu M, Vlaisavljevich E, Xu Z, Ziemlewicz T, Lee FT Jr.
  • Clinical Outcomes of Percutaneous Microwave Ablation for Hepatic Colorectal Metastasis with a Modern Generation System.
    Comstock J, Ziemlewicz TJ, Lubner MG, Wells SA, Lee FT Jr, Hinshaw JL.
  • Percutaneous microwave ablation of localized T1b RCC: Local tumor control, safety and procedural considerations.
    Hartung M, Abel EJ, Johnson BA, Best SL, Ziemlewicz TJ, Lubner MG, Hinshaw JL, Lee FT Jr, Wells SA.
  • Comparison of Oncologic Outcomes for Patients with Intermediate or Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma Undergoing Radioembolization Followed by Either Early Chemoembolization or Chemoembolization Performed as Salvage Therapy.
    Karaoglu, Vardar BU, Meram E, Laeseke PF, McDermott J, Ozkan O.
  • Target Lesion Based Response Evaluation Predicts Overall Survival at Four Months for Patients with HCC Undergoing Radioembolization: A Simpler Approach Compared to Strict mRECIST Criteria.
    Karaoglu, Meram E, Vardar BU, Laeseke PF, Ozkan OS.
  • Combination Therapies: Quantifying the Effects of Transarterial Embolization on Microwave Ablation Zones.
    Knavel E, Brace CL, Laeseke PF.
  • Microwave ablation of RCC: Evolution of imaging findings at CT and MRI.
    Mukerjee S, Ziemlewicz TJ, Hinshaw JL, Best SL, Lubner MG, Abel EJ, Lee FT Jr, Wells SA.
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Review of the Literature.
    Sharma R, Bassetti MF, Ozkan OS, Laeseke PF.
  • Does Combining Radioembolization with TACE Have Better Outcomes Than Radioembolization Alone?
    Vardar BU, Karaoglu K, Meram E, Yi Y, Yu M, Laeseke PF, Ozkan O.
  • Patterns of Disease Progression and Impact of Additional Therapies After Radioembolization of Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Portal Vein Tumor Thrombus.
    Vardar BU, Meram E, Karaoglu K, Ozkan O, Laeseke PF.
  • Interventional Oncology on Instagram: A Missed Opportunity?
    Yi P, Cristescu MM.

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