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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Physician Appointed Houston VA Neuroradiology and MRI Director

April 9, 2007

HOUSTON – Majdi M. Radaideh, M.D., staff radiologist in the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), has been appointed the new director of its Neuroradiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Section.

Radaideh, who is also an assistant professor of Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine, completed his residency in Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and his Neuroradiology Fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago.

In 2003, Radaideh received the Bronze Medal from the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) and Summa Cum Laude from the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR).” Later that same year, he received a special recognition award for excellence from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Radiology for developing virtual library teaching files.

Recently, the MEDVAMC began offering Balloon Kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive treatment option for patients suffering from spinal fractures due to osteoporosis, under Radaideh’s supervision. Balloon Kyphoplasty is designed to correct spinal deformity due to osteoporotic fractures, significantly reducing back pain and improving a patient’s ability to return to daily activities.

“This minimally invasive procedure is designed to repair vertebral compression fractures and restore the vertebrae to the correct position, reducing back pain, reducing the number of days in bed, significantly improving mobility, and increasing overall quality of life,” said Radaideh.

In Balloon Kyphoplasty, small orthopedic balloons are used to gently elevate the collapsed bone in an attempt to restore the fractured vertebra back to its normal shape and correct the vertebral body deformity. First, a hollow instrument is used to create a small pathway into the fractured bone. A small, orthopedic balloon is guided through the instrument into the vertebra. The incision sites are each approximately one centimeter in length. Next, the balloon is carefully inflated in an attempt to raise the collapsed vertebra and return it to its normal position.

"Dr. Radaideh is committed to providing state of the art, evidence-based care for our veterans needing diagnostic and interventional imaging. An extremely talented neuroradiologist, he is also dedicated to educating the next generation of leaders in this health care specialty,” said Meena S. Vij., M.D., Diagnostic and Therapeutic Care Line executive.

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