Current and future usefulness and potential of virtual simulation in improving outcomes and reducing complications in endovascular treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms.

Ospel, Johanna Maria; Kashani, Nima; Mayank, Arnuv; Liebig, Thomas; Kaesmacher, Johannes; Holtmannspötter, Markus; Shankar, Jai; Almekhlafi, Mohammed A; Mitha, Alim P; Wong, John H; Goyal, Mayank (2021). Current and future usefulness and potential of virtual simulation in improving outcomes and reducing complications in endovascular treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. Journal of neurointerventional surgery, 13(3), pp. 251-254. BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/neurintsurg-2020-016343

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BACKGROUND

Simulation training has been used in the aviation industry and surgical specialties for many years, but integration into neurointerventional practice is lagging behind.

OBJECTIVE

To investigate how neurointerventionalists perceive the usefulness and limitations of simulation tools for the treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIAs), and to identify simulation applications that were perceived to be most valuable for endovascular UIA treatment.

METHODS

A web-based international multidisciplinary survey was conducted among neurointerventionalists. Participants were asked for their perceptions on the usefulness of current simulation tools and the potential impact of future simulation tools in endovascular UIA treatment. They identified simulation applications that could add most value to endovascular UIA treatment and help to specifically reduce endovascular UIA treatment complications.

RESULTS

233 neurointerventionalists from 38 countries completed the survey, most of whom (157/233 (67.4%)) had access to a simulator as a trainee, but only 15.3% used it frequently. Most participants (117/233 (50.2%)) considered currently available simulation tools relatively useful for endovascular UIA treatment, with greater value for trainees than for staff. Simulation of new devices (147/233 (63.1%)) and virtual practice runs in individual patient anatomy (119/233 (51.1%)) were considered most valuable for reducing endovascular UIA treatment complications.

CONCLUSION

Although neurointerventionalists perceived currently available simulation tools relatively useful, they did not use them regularly during their training. A priori testing of new devices and practice runs in individual patient anatomy in a virtual environment were thought to have the greatest potential for reducing endovascular UIA treatment complications.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology

UniBE Contributor:

Kaesmacher, Johannes

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1759-8486

Publisher:

BMJ Publishing Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Maria de Fatima Henriques Bernardo

Date Deposited:

19 Jan 2021 10:54

Last Modified:

18 Feb 2021 01:34

Publisher DOI:

10.1136/neurintsurg-2020-016343

PubMed ID:

32669397

Uncontrolled Keywords:

aneurysm coil complication technique technology

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/150368

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/150368

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