There is now clear evidence that patients suffering amaurosis fugax, transient ischaemic attacks (TIA) or a minor stroke in the carotid territory should have urgent carotid investigation and, when appropriate, surgery within four weeks of symptoms. Regrettably, GP’s frequently find patients wait weeks or months to see a consultant who do not have access to rapid carotid imaging.
Current NICE guidlines indicate patients with suspected TIA who are considered as candidates for carotid endarterectomy should have carotid imaging within 1 week of onset of symptoms.
IVS can provide rapid and reliable duplex ultrasound investigation of carotid, vertebral and subclavian artery disease within hours of the onset of symptoms. Appropriate patients could then be referred directly to a vascular surgeon for urgent treatment.
✓ 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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