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Vertebroplasty gets boost, but doubts on value remain

Tue, 09/14/2010 - 11:34am
Diagnostic Imaging

A new study on vertebroplasty adds weight to the argument the procedure is safe and effective for patients with acute osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. But the trial that researchers hope will dispel all doubts about vertebroplasty’s usefulness starts enrollment in the fall.

A pair of studies in the New England Journal of Medicine a year ago rocked interventional radiology with their conclusions that vertebroplasty is no better than placebo at relieving pain from vertebral fractures.

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