ARRS 2022 Abstracts


E1804. Prostate Artery Embolization Practice Building: Tips, Tricks, and Things to Avoid
  1. Nathan Mickinac; NYU Langone Hospital Long Island
  2. Wendi Li; NYU Langone Hospital Long Island
  3. Imran Siddiqui; NYU Langone Hospital Long Island
  4. Adam Khayat; NYU Langone Hospital Long Island
  5. Jason Hoffmann; NYU Langone Hospital Long Island
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is an interventional radiology procedure used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Although there is ample literature supporting use of this procedure, members of the urology community may be resistant to referring patients for a number of reasons. This exhibit reviews PAE with a focus on practice building and maximizing development of a successful, sustainable PAE program.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
Thoughtful implementation, careful patient selection, collaboration with other specialties, and appropriate marketing are important components of building a robust, durable prostate artery embolization (PAE) practice. The future of PAE is bright, but it is not guaranteed. Optimal patient selection, ensuring solid outcomes, long-term follow-up of patients, sharing data, and building relationships should all be included in a practice building plan.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Key points of this exhibit include: reflecting upon your current professional relationships, including urologists; equipment review (what do I need to get started?); determining what types of patients are best to initially target; considering the optimal marketing strategy; review potential obstacles that may arise when building a PAE program, including how to prevent them before they develop and how to deal with them once they occur; and handling complications. The exhibit also provides practice building tips from personal experience, as well as relevant literature review, and how to develop your PAE "elevator talk."

With appropriate preparation and thoughtful implementation, interventional radiologists can build and implement successful PAE programs that provide excellent patient outcomes and are viewed as an important BPH treatment by referring physicians.