Prior to attending Merit’s ThinkRadial course in January 2016, I had no experience with radial. I learned about the course through another radiologist at a Y-90 course. We were discussing how I wanted to start using a radial approach for Y-90 cases, and he recommended the ThinkRadial program.
I found the course very helpful. It gave me all the tools to start implementing the radial access technique in our lab. My nurses and techs already had some experience with transradial for heart caths with a few of our cardiologists, which helped with implementing radial in my lab. Having a Merit Rep come on site after the course to demonstrate the tools and answer questions was also helpful for my nurses and techs.
I now do all of my mesenteric angiograms via the radial approach, with few exceptions. I find the obtuse angles into the mesenteric arteries from a radial approach helpful for catheter tracking/pushability. In my experience, the biggest benefit to radial is that it is much more patient-centric. The patients have the most to gain here, which is extremely important.
When I look to the future of radial, I see widespread adoption for mesenteric and upper extremity cases. With the development and further evolution of catheters/stent systems, I also see movement into the SFA.