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Vascular Surgeons Agree: Case Rehearsal Improves Outcomes
Date:11/12/2008

the amount of contrast used, and that the operative and simulator outcomes were similar. They "agreed" (median score 4/5) that the simulation assisted with vessel access and with wire selection. Face validity was excellent: surgeons "strongly agreed" that the simulator was easy to use, realistically replicated reality, produced realistic imaging and tactile feedback (haptics), realistically replicated patient arch, carotid and lesion anatomy and that it accurately predicted stent dimensions. All simulated EPD, stent, and balloon dimensions matched those used in the operating room. Subjective observations suggested that the simulation predicted difficulty with vessel cannulation but did not accurately model post-stent deployment changes in bifurcation angulation.

Conclusions: These data indicate that patient-specific CTA-derived data can be converted to an endovascular simulator with high face validity. We suggest that case rehearsal prior to an operation may be useful in the planning and execution of carotid artery intervention.

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