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News | March 9, 2023

BAMC Interventional Radiology offers less invasive option for patients with disc degeneration

By Lori Newman

Brooke Army Medical Center Interventional Radiology offers a new, less invasive option for some patients who have disc degeneration.

“Interventional Radiology performs minimally invasive image guided procedures, also known as pinhole surgery,” explained Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Matthew Taon, interventional radiologist. “The technology we use for this procedure centers on a non-surgical, injectable allograft that uses allogeneic tissue and disc material to repair degenerative discs.”

Army Sgt. 1st Class Mitchell Alwin, an X-ray technician assigned to the 264th Medical Battalion on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, was the first patient to receive the procedure at BAMC.

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