Validation of a New Methodology to Determine 3-Dimensional Endograft Apposition, Position, and Expansion in the Aortic Neck After Endovascular Aneurysm Repair

R.C.L. Schuurmann (Corresponding Author), S.P. Overeem, Kim van Noort, Bas de Vries, Cornelis H. Slump, J.P.P.M. de Vries

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Abstract

Purpose: To validate a novel methodology employing regular postoperative computed tomography angiography (CTA) scans to assess essential factors contributing to durable endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), including endograft deployment accuracy, neck adaptation to radial forces, and effective apposition of the fabric within the aortic neck. Methods: Semiautomatic calculation of the apposition surface between the endograft and the infrarenal aortic neck was validated in vitro by comparing the calculated surfaces over a cylindrical silicon model with known dimensions on CTA reconstructions with various slice thicknesses. Interobserver variabilities were assessed for calculating endograft position, apposition, and expansion in a retrospective series of 24 elective EVAR patients using the repeatability coefficient (RC) and the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). The variability of these calculations was compared with variability of neck length and diameter measurements on centerline reconstructions of the preoperative and first postoperative CTA scans. Results: In vitro validation showed accurate calculation of apposition, with deviation of 2.8% from the true surface for scans with 1-mm slice thickness. Excellent agreement was achieved for calculation of the endograft dimensions (ICC 0.909 to 0.996). Variability was low for calculation of endograft diameter (RC 2.3 mm), fabric distances (RC 5.2 to 5.7 mm), and shortest apposition length (RC 4.1 mm), which was the same as variability of regular neck diameter (RC 0.9 to 1.1 mm) and length (RC 4.0 to 8.0 mm) measurements. Conclusion: This retrospective validation study showed that apposition surfaces between an endograft and the infrarenal neck can be calculated accurately and with low variability. Determination of the (ap)position of the endograft in the aortic neck and detection of subtle changes during follow-up are crucial to determining eventual failure after EVAR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-365
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Endovascular Therapy
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • aneurysm neck
  • 3D imaging
  • stent-graft
  • endovascular aneurysm repair
  • 3D reconstructions
  • endograft
  • geometry
  • abdominal aortic aneurysm

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