I was a fairly long time between seeing anything in the media (tho I knew of it, most didn't) in Nov. 2009. There were no doctors anywhere I could get to in North America, and within weeks there were IRBs withdrawing and people being shut down all over, even though almost nobody offered anything, anyway. In Canada you couldn't even get Doppler ultrasound for a while. It seemed as if there was a concerted effort, at least here, to nip CCSVI in the bud. Thanks to a few courageous people you now have a lot of choices, possibly including bad ones
. There may be people who are just cashing in, because it still costs a lot, compared to what the IRs have to spend (yes, IVUS is expensive but worth it), but remember that it's pretty new stuff, at least in these veins, and everybody involved has to weigh risks, including IRs. It may be minimal but it's still invasive, and things go wrong sometimes.
Anyway can I reiterate that only going by what you see on TV is a mug's game. On the other hand, I have learned a lot on TiMS and met some of the contributors from Canada and the US, who seem to be pretty discriminating, informed people, including the non-MS sufferers.