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J Neurointerv Surg ; 2022 Jan 17.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1638416


BACKGROUND: Stent sizing remains a challenging task for flow diverter implantation because of stent foreshortening. In this study, we aimed to quantify the change in length after implantation and assess the error in length prediction using AneuGuideTM software. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort of 101 patients with 102 aneurysms undergoing treatment with a pipeline embolization device (PED; Covidien, Irvine, California, USA), we used AneuGuideTM software to obtain measured lengths (ML) and calculated lengths (CL) after stent implantation. Stent elongation was defined as the ratio of ML-LL to the labeled length (LL). Simulation error was defined as the ratio of the absolute value of CL-ML to ML. The correlation and consistency between ML and LL and between ML and CL were analyzed using Pearson's correlation test and the Bland-Altman plot. Statistical significance was set at p<0.05. RESULTS: The mean elongation of ML was 32.6% (range 26.3-109.2%). Moderate consistency was observed between LL and ML (ρ=0.74, p<0.001). With the AneuGuideTM software, the mean simulation error was 6.6% (range 0.32-21.2%). Pearson's correlation test and the Bland-Altman plot showed a high correlation and consistency between ML and CL (ρ=0.96, p<0.001). CONCLUSION: Labeled length provides only a low reference value for predicting the actual length of the flow diverter after implantation. The high consistency between ML and CL obtained from AneuGuideTM software shows its great potential for the optimization of the flow diverter sizing process.

J Neurointerv Surg ; 13(11): 1022-1026, 2021 Nov.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-991864


BACKGROUND: Existing travel restrictions limit the mobility of proctors, significantly delaying clinical trials and the introduction of new neurointerventional devices. We aim to describe in detail technical and legal considerations regarding international teleproctoring, a tool that could waive the need for in-person supervision during procedures. METHODS: International teleproctoring was chosen to provide remote supervision during the first three intracranial aneurysm treatments with a new flow diverter (currently subject of a clinical trial) in the US. Real-time, high-resolution transmission software streamed audiovisual data to a proctor located in Canada. The software allowed the transmission of images in a de-identified, HIPAA-compliant manner. RESULTS: All three flow diverters were implanted as desired by operator and proctor and without complication. The proctor could swap between images from multiple sources and reported complete spatial and situational awareness, without any significant lag or delay in communication. Procedural times and radiologic dose were similar to those of uncomplicated, routine flow diversion cases at our institution. CONCLUSIONS: International teleproctoring was successfully implemented in our clinical practice. Its first use provided important insights for establishing this tool in our field. With no clear horizon for lifting the current travel restrictions, teleproctoring has the potential to remove the need for proctor presence in the angiography suite, thereby allowing the field to advance through the continuation of trials and the introduction of new devices in clinical practice. In order for this tool to be used safely and effectively, highly reliable connection and high-resolution equipment is necessary, and multiple legal nuances have to be considered.

COVID-19 , Endovascular Procedures , Intracranial Aneurysm , Canada , Humans , Intracranial Aneurysm/diagnostic imaging , Intracranial Aneurysm/surgery , SARS-CoV-2