Advances in Biomaterials and Technologies for Vascular Embolization

Adv Mater. 2019 Aug;31(33):e1901071. doi: 10.1002/adma.201901071. Epub 2019 Jun 6.


Minimally invasive transcatheter embolization is a common nonsurgical procedure in interventional radiology used for the deliberate occlusion of blood vessels for the treatment of diseased or injured vasculature. A wide variety of embolic agents including metallic coils, calibrated microspheres, and liquids are available for clinical practice. Additionally, advances in biomaterials, such as shape-memory foams, biodegradable polymers, and in situ gelling solutions have led to the development of novel preclinical embolic agents. The aim here is to provide a comprehensive overview of current and emerging technologies in endovascular embolization with respect to devices, materials, mechanisms, and design guidelines. Limitations and challenges in embolic materials are also discussed to promote advancement in the field.

Keywords: catheter-based delivery; embolic agents; interventional radiology; minimally invasive surgery; vascular embolization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biocompatible Materials / chemistry*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / instrumentation
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / methods*
  • Endovascular Procedures
  • Humans
  • Metals / chemistry
  • Microspheres
  • Polymers / chemistry


  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Metals
  • Polymers