Date: 2009

Affiliation: U of Rochester Medical Center

Citation: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Abstract: A case series of 5 patients is presented assessing the utility of simulation case rehearsals of individual patients for carotid artery stenting on an endovascular simulator. Simulated and operative device dimensions were similar. Results of subjective surveys indicated that face and content validity were excellent. The simulations predicted difficulty with vessel cannulation, however had difficulty predicting post-stent changes in bifurcation angulation. Our experience suggests that it may be feasible to use patient-specific CTA-derived data in the creation of a realistic case rehearsal simulation. The overall utility of this concept, including cost-benefit analysis, has yet to be determined.