Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 5:00 AM

Surgeons at the University of Rochester Medical Center, NY indicated that patient-specific CTA data can be converted to an endovascular simulator (ANGIO Mentor™, Simbionix US) with high face validity.

The surgeons "strongly agreed" that the simulation improved the operative flow, increased patient safety and efficiency of instrument use, decreased overall operative and fluoroscopy time and the amount of contrast used, and that the operative and simulator outcomes were similar.