OBJECTIVE: Radiation damage during complex endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) is of major concern to patients and medical staff. This study investigates primarily the influence of different acquisition systems (Allura ClarityIQ vs. Allura Xper, Philips Healthcare, Best, the Netherlands) on radiation dose. Secondly, radiation exposure was analysed for operator positions as well as for procedure and patient specific parameters.
METHODS: This was a retrospective study of prospectively collected data. The study prospectively included 62 consecutive patients (mean age 71.2 ± 8.4 years; 63% males) who underwent complex EVAR including fenestrated or branched EVAR of the thoraco-abdominal or the aortic arch from 30 June 2015 to 20 May 2016. In half the patients an advanced dose and real time image noise reduction technology (Allura ClarityIQ) was used, and in the other half the reference acquisition system (Allura Xper) was used. Patient demographics included age, gender, and body mass index.
RESULTS: Sixty-two patients with mean age of 71.2 ± 8.4 years (63% males; 39/62) were treated using either Allura ClarityIQ or Allura Xper. Patients treated using Allura ClarityIQ had lower cumulative dose area product (18,948.3 ± 14,648.5 cGy cm2vs. 38,512.4 ± 24,105.4 cGy cm2, p < 0.001) and air kerma (2237.9 ± 1808 mGy vs. 4031 ± 3260.2 mGy, p = .010) in comparison with patients treated using Allura Xper.
CONCLUSION: Advanced dose and real time image noise reduction technology, such as Allura ClarityIQ, is a useful tool to lower the amount of radiation for patient and staff during complex endovascular aortic procedures.