Research and Development
At IVS we strive to lead the way in vascular research, currently we are involved in a number of exciting research projects using our cutting edge 3D technology. This technology has the potential to replace CT angiography for a number of our vascular patients.
Our first published study using 3D, was a pilot study evaluating 3D with contrast enhanced ultrasound to identify endoleaks, following endovascular aneurysm repair. This was a pilot study and concluded that 3D CEUS may be more sensitive than CT angiography and 2D contrast enhanced ultrasound.
Future studies, include using 3D ultrasound to measure the volume of the intima in the temporal artery to discover if this a valid method of diagnosing temporal arteritis, this will be a beneficial study for patients as currently diagnosis is made via a biopsy of the temporal artery. We are also measuring the volume of plaque in the internal carotid artery to see if this can help identify which patients are at risk of stroke from the plaque in the artery and should therefore have urgent surgery.
✓ Can save 17% to 34% of the cost of setting up and running a vascular laboratory
✓ Reduces capital expenditure
✓ Lowers staff and administration costs
✓ 95% of inpatients investigated the same day
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