Does this mean one or several IR's will be doing both testing and treatment in Minneapolis, have I got that right? When will that be I wonder? Soon?
Yes, in Minneapolis, along with many other sites across the US. Dr. Hubbard shared the locations of all the sites that have applied to be participate in his IRB. If the Minneapolis clinic is approved, they'd then have at least one IR performing CCSVI treatment.
Here's the info on what is required of a clinic to participate in Hubbard's IRB:
http://www.hubbardfoundation.org/CCSVI_ ... ction.html
* they have to join the ISNVD
* they have to be a physician trained in catheter venography
* they have to pay a small fee to maintain the IRB and database
* they must be able to refer to an offsite, objective MRI facility capable of running the Haacke protocol on a 3Tesla MRI (preferred)
* they must follow up patients at 6 and 12 months with MRIs
* they must follow up with quality-of-life questionnaires at 1, 6, and 12 months
* as it is a registry and not an experimental study, the participating physicians will bill the patient or the patient's insurance
* Hubbard foundation will collect the data after patient identifiers are removed and analyse and report findings
* purpose of the registry is to collect information on how common CCSVI is and if MRI and clinical improvements after venography are significant and sustained
No idea how long it'll take before this Minneapolis clinic is underway with CCSVI treatments. Dr. Hubbard only just received this IRB approval on September 2nd. Then the MRI technicians have to learn how to do the protocols; it says that "Dr. Haacke’s team will assist in getting them up and running smoothly." But it is exciting!!! Not sure how many Minnesotan MSers there are but I want every one of us who wants treatment to get treatment.