top of page

BackTable / VI / Contributor

Dr. Christopher Beck on the BackTable VI Podcast

Dr. Christopher Beck

Interventional Radiologist

Dr. Chris Beck is a practicing interventional radiologist with Regional Radiology Group in New Orleans.

Listen to Dr. Christopher Beck on the BackTable VI Podcast

The BackTable Podcast is a knowledge resource by physicians for physicians. Learn from the experiences and expertise of Dr. Christopher Beck and get practical advice on how to build your practice by listening to the BackTable VI Podcast.

Ep 424 Acute Limb Ischemia Diagnosis & Treatment with Dr. Dean Ferrera
00:00 / 01:04
BackTable CMEfy button

Stay Up To Date



Sign Up:

About Dr. Christopher Beck

Dr. Beck is the Chief Community Officer of BackTable and a reluctant but regular host of our podcast. His current focus has been the new BackTable web app with the goal of creating and curating durable education content which will enrich the practice of endovascular specialists at any stage in their career. Dr. Beck is also practicing interventional radiologist in New Orleans, and has been quoted saying, "With a Kumpe and glidewire, I could conquer a small country."

Podcasts Featuring Dr. Christopher Beck

Episode #424


In this episode of the BackTable Podcast, host Dr. Chris Beck interviews guest Dr. Dean Ferrera about treating acute limb ischemia with mechanical thrombectomy. Dr. Ferrera is an interventional cardiologist at Community Care Network in northwestern Indiana.

Episode #422


In this episode of the BackTable Podcast, host Dr. Chris Beck interviews guest Dr. Andrew Sholl, who demystifies the ins and outs of percutaneous biopsies and their impact on diagnoses. Dr. Sholl is a pathologist at LCMC Health in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Episode #415


In this episode of the BackTable Podcast, host Dr. Chris Beck interviews guest Dr. Gary Tse about the innovative technique of thyroid ablation and its role in treating benign thyroid nodules. Dr. Tse is a practicing interventional radiologist at UCLA Health.

Episode #414


In this episode, host Dr. Chris Beck interviews Dr. Jason Wagner about his experience with the Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) graft and the Surfacer system for treating patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) and limited vascular access options. Dr. Wagner is a practicing vascular surgeon in Sarasota, Florida.

Episode #396


In this episode of the BackTable Podcast, hosts Dr. Aaron Fritts and Dr. Chris Beck discuss their Mediport removal workflows and the common challenges of a port removal procedure.

Episode #390


In this episode of the BackTable Podcast, host Dr. Chris Beck discusses atherectomy, laser technologies, and their use in vessel treatment with Dr. Tony Das, an interventional cardiologist practicing in Dallas, TX and one of the founding members of the VIVA Vascular Education Course in Las Vegas.

Episode #386


In this episode, host Dr. Chris Beck interviews Dr. Robert Lookstein about the pulmonary embolism response team (PERT) approach for treating acute pulmonary embolisms (PE). Dr. Lookstein is a practicing interventional radiologist in New York City at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine.

Episode #385


In this episode of BackTable, Dr. Christopher Beck and Dr. Aaron Fritts explore the benefits of transitioning to an office-based Lab (OBL) with guest Dr. Donald Garbett.

Episode #382


In this episode, host Dr. Chris Beck interviews interventional radiologist Dr. Kush Desai (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) and vascular surgeon Dr. Steve Abramowitz (MedStar Washington Health Center) about iliofemoral venous stenting.

Episode #381


In this episode, interventional radiologists Dr. Aaron Fritts, Dr. Vishal Kumar, and Dr. Chris Beck discuss types of sedation for IR procedures.

Episode #379


In this episode, host Dr. Chris Beck continues the discussion on managing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with Dr. Tyler Sandow and Dr. Juan Gimenez, interventional radiologists at Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Episode #377


In this episode, host Dr. Chris Beck interviews Dr. Juan Gimenez and Dr. Tyler Sandow. Juan and Tyler are both interventional radiologists in New Orleans, Louisiana who practice at Ochsner Health System - one of the United States’ leading transplant centers. As a result, both doctors have significant experience in Y-90 radiation segmentectomy and other complex procedures for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Episode #372


In this episode, host Christopher Beck discusses the current landscape of IR training with Dr. Neil Jain, a fourth-year IR/DR resident at Georgetown University. Neil, who attended medical school in New Jersey, discusses his early desire for a diverse medical career encompassing clinical work, innovation, and mentorship.

Episode #355


In this episode, interventional nephrologist Dr. Neghae Mawla discusses endovascular AV fistula creation with our host Dr. Christopher Beck.

Episode #348


In this episode, we delve into the career of Dr. Thomas Sos, a renowned figure in the field of Interventional Radiology (IR), and the triumphs and challenges he faced in the formative years of interventional radiology.

Episode #336


In this episode, host Dr. Christopher Beck interviews Dr. Peter Soukas about his algorithm for below the knee (BTK) critical limb ischemia (CLI) interventions as well as his implementation of new evidence-based guidance.

Episode #322


In this episode, host Dr. Chris Beck interviews Dr. Nima Kokabi about renal trauma embolizations, including imaging workup, embolization technique, and a warning on renal biopsies.

Episode #315


In this episode, host Dr. Chris Beck interviews Dr. Alexander Ushinsky about his standard workup and treatment when performing arterial thrombectomy in acute limb ischemia (ALI).

Episode #314


In this week’s episode. Dr. Aaron Fritts interviews co-hosts and IRs Dr. Ally Baheti and Dr. Chris Beck about indications, procedural steps, and patient education for tunneled pleural and peritoneal catheters.

Episode #292


In this episode, Dr. Chris Beck interviews vascular access surgeon Dr. Ari Kramer about his management of arteriovenous (AV) access for dialysis patients. We cover his preferred imaging for identifying and deciding to treat stenoses, the protracted angioplasty technique, and the evolution of research in drug coated balloons (DCB) and stent grafts.

Episode #278


In this episode, host Dr. Chris Beck interviews chest and interventional radiologist Dr. Robert Suh about his lung biopsy technique, including how he approaches pain management, and his take on the best way to seal the biopsy tract to prevent air leaks.

Episode #265


In this crossover episode between BackTable VI and BackTable Innovation, Dr. Chris Beck interviews Dr. Riad Salem (Chief of Interventional Radiology at Northwestern University) and Peter Pattison (President of Interventional Oncology at Boston Scientific) about how TheraSpheres for Y90 radioembolization became a mainstay in the IR toolkit for HCC and where the technology is heading next.

Episode #263


In this next installment of our Back to the Basics series, Drs. Aaron Fritts and Chris Beck discuss their techniques, considerations, and tips for ensuring safe and high quality renal biopsies.

Episode #262


On this episode, BackTable VI host Dr. Christopher Beck shares the mic with two Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists, Drs. Roxane Rampersad at Washington University and Tony Shanks at Indiana University, to discuss cross-specialty management of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) between OBGYN and interventional radiology (IR).

Articles Featuring Dr. Christopher Beck

Port Removal Procedure: Ins and Outs

Port removal is a common procedure amongst interventional radiologists. In order to minimize risk of infection and ensure a speedy recovery, it is important to understand how to successfully perform this routine procedure as a budding IR.

Port Removal Surgery: Strategies for Difficult Cases & Infected Sites

Port removals are often a time for celebration for patients as well as providers. However, ports can sometimes become infected or encased in granulation tissue.

Tools & Techniques in Iliofemoral Stenting

Percutaneous iliofemoral venous stenting demands precise selection of tools and stents tailored to each clinical scenario. This article explores the strategic approaches for stent placement and sizing in both non-thrombotic and post-thrombotic conditions, aiming to enhance patient outcomes.

Periprocedural Pearls in Iliofemoral Stenting: Focus on Pre- & Post-Care

Iliofemoral vein stenting is explored in depth, focusing on critical aspects of procedural preparation and post-operative care. Learn more about medication strategies, patient discomfort management, imaging follow-ups, and the importance of regular surveillance for successful long-term outcomes.

Iliofemoral Venous Disease Diagnosis & Patient Management

Iliofemoral venous disease demands specialized diagnostic and management approaches. Learn about patient referral patterns, crucial diagnostic methods, and key strategies for effective treatment compliance.

Arterial Thrombectomy Device Selection & Clinical Decision-Making

There are a diversity of thrombectomy devices that are viable for arterial thrombectomy, including Boston Scientific AngioJet, Penumbra Indigo, AngioDynamics Auryon, and BD Rotarex. Each device has utility in different clinical scenarios. Learn more about effective arterial thrombectomy device selection.

Arterial Thrombectomy in Acute Limb Ischemia: A Practical Guide

Interventional radiologist Dr. Alexander Ushinksy details his procedural technique for arterial thrombectomy in acute limb ischemia, including patient preparation, imaging, heparinization, wire placement, and post-operative care.

Building an Acute Limb Ischemia Program: Focus on Referrals

IR Dr. Alexander Ushinsky shares expert advice on building a thriving peripheral vascular practice with a successful acute limb ischemia program.

Acute Limb Ischemia: Rutherford Classification, Imaging Techniques & Essential Labs

Dr. Alexander Ushinsky provides an in-depth look at his protocol for working up acute limb ischemia, covering physical examination, Rutherford classification, imaging, and labs. Learn more!

Lung Biopsy Procedure Prep: Patient Communication, Medications & Device Selection

The key to a successful needle lung biopsy procedure is proper preparation. Interventional radiologist Dr. Robert Suh shares his approach to patient prep for lung biopsy, including pain control.

BioSentry Plug vs Blood Patching: Preventing Pneumothorax After Lung Biopsy

Pneumothorax is a common complication during a lung biopsy procedure. Dr. Robert Suh describes two distinct methods, BioSentry plug and blood patching, to manage this complication, and considerations for each approach.

Renal Artery Embolization in Trauma: Radial Access, Device Choice & Procedure Technique

Dr. Nima Kokabi shares his approach to renal artery embolization in trauma, detailing the benefits of radial vs femoral access, the renal artery embolization devices that he prefers, and the specifics of his renal embolization procedure technique.

Renal Trauma: Biopsy Risks, Imaging Techniques & Treatment Options

Renal trauma can present significant challenges for new interventional radiologists, from understanding biopsy risks and potential iatrogenic injuries, to the intricacies of imaging techniques and choosing between different treatment options. Learn more about the importance of targeted renal biopsy, the role of two-phase arterial and venous CT scans in diagnosing renal bleeds, and the nuanced decisions behind interventions such as embolization and partial nephrectomy.

The NeuWave Microwave Ablation System: A Quick Start Guide for IRs

Interventional radiologist Dr. Josh Kuban shares his workflow with the NeuWave microwave ablation system and provides his review of specific features, including the system interface, the ability to draw customizable margins, and the ability to upload mid-procedural scans.

Evolving Practices: Microwave Ablation with Multiple Probes & Ablation Confirmation Software

Along with the speed and efficiency associated with microwave ablation, the introduction of NeuWave’s ablation confirmation software significantly modifies the microwave ablation procedure workflow, allowing the use of multi-probe techniques, and larger ablation zones.

Iodine contrast allergy filter placement with contrast

Dr. Ruff urges all healthcare providers to clarify the exact contrast agent and the timeline of the allergic reaction. She discusses premedication for contrast allergy and different intake protocols.

Iodine contrast allergy MRA gadolinium

Contrast dye allergy is the correct term, not iodine allergy. Radiologist Dr. Cullen Ruff suggests that the term "iodine allergy" should no longer be used in the medical field.

Pleural blood patch after CT guided lung biopsy

Blood patching began to emerge in the early 2000’s as a technique to reduce the incidence of chest tube placements subsequent to pneumothoraces, and has since been adopted in lung biopsy procedures. Blood patching is a technique in which the operator introduces the patient's own blood into the pulmonary space to promote coagulation of air passages created upon biopsy.

Image-guided microwave liver ablation procedure

As an operator, two key challenges of the microwave liver ablation procedure are navigating the background liver parenchyma and determining the extent of lesion ablation possible without compromising liver function. Dr. Driss Raissi, an Interventional Radiologist at the University of Kentucky discusses how to navigate these challenges and shares his liver ablation procedure techniques in this BackTable Article.

Pleural blood patch after CT guided lung biopsy

CT guided lung biopsy can be quite challenging. There is a risk of injuring the many pulmonary and intercostal vessels, the time consuming process of sticking the nodule, and determining what patients are viable candidates. Abdominal radiologist Dr. Fred Lee discusses the techniques his practice has used to improve their CT guided lung biopsies.

Physician opening microwave liver ablation device to create ablation zones

The standard liver ablation zone for hepatocellular carcinoma is half a centimeter to one centimeter, but where does this standard come from? This article discusses the current liver ablation zone guidelines and explores an alternative approach.

Prostate artery embolization technique

Prostate artery embolization technique may vary depending on which arterial access site is chosen (radial vs femoral). Different PAE techniques may also be utilized to minimize off-target embolization.

Prostate artery anatomy

Understanding the variations in prostate artery embolization anatomy is crucial for improving technical success, reducing the chance of re-vascularization and minimizing non-target embolization. The variations in origin of the prostate artery can be sorted in a classification system.

Portal hypertension and ascites management can involve paracentesis

Dr. Parvez Mantry shares different methods of portal hypertension and ascites management and treatment. These complications arise from loss of liver architecture and liver synthetic dysfunction. For severe ascites, paracentesis or a transplant may be needed. Learn more!

Get Connected

Thank you for listening! If you have a question for Dr. Christopher Beck about a topic discussed on the BackTable VI Podcast, you can get in touch with this form. Please note that our contributors are not able to respond to every inquiry.

Select which show(s) you would like to subscribe to:

Thanks! Message sent.

Disclaimer: The Materials available on are for informational and educational purposes only and are not a substitute for the professional judgment of a healthcare professional in diagnosing and treating patients. The opinions expressed by participants of the BackTable Podcast belong solely to the participants, and do not necessarily reflect the views of BackTable.



Acute Limb Ischemia Diagnosis & Treatment with Dr. Dean Ferrera on the BackTable VI Podcast)
Pathology 101: Solid Advice for Percutaneous Biopsies with Dr. Andrew Sholl on the BackTable VI Podcast)
Thyroid Ablation: Efficacy, Safety, and Procedure Overview with Dr. Gary Tse on the BackTable VI Podcast)
HeRO Grafts in Dialysis: Techniques, Challenges & Solutions with Dr. Jason Wagner on the BackTable VI Podcast)
How I Perform a Port Removal with Dr. Christopher Beck on the BackTable VI Podcast)
Iliofemoral Stenting: Decision-Making & Best Practices Explored with Dr. Kush Desai and Dr. Steven Abramowitz on the BackTable VI Podcast)


Balloon-Occluded Retrograde Transvenous Obliteration Procedure Prep
Core Biopsy Procedure Prep
Declot Procedure in Arteriovenous Fistulae & Grafts
Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy Procedure Prep
Esophageal Varices Condition Overview
Learn about Gastroenterology on BackTable VI

More Contributors

Dr. Abdulaziz Alharbi on the BackTable VI Podcast

Dr. Abdulaziz Alharbi

Dr. Aparna Baheti on the BackTable VI Podcast

Dr. Aparna Baheti

Dr. Michael Barraza on the BackTable VI Podcast

Dr. Michael Barraza

Dr. Aaron Fritts on the BackTable VI Podcast

Dr. Aaron Fritts

Dr. Brian Holly on the BackTable VI Podcast

Dr. Brian Holly

Dr. Fred Lee on the BackTable VI Podcast

Dr. Fred Lee

bottom of page