Semiautomatic sizing software in emergency endovascular aneurysm repair for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms

Jorik J. Reimerink, Henk A. Marquering, Anco Vahl, Willem Wisselink, Michiel A. Schreve, Diederick W. de Boo, Jim A. Reekers, Dink A. Legemate, Ron Balm

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In emergency endovascular repair (EVAR) of ruptured aneurysms of the aorta (rAAA), anatomical suitability must be determined. Semiautomatic three-dimensional assessment of the aortoiliac arteries has the potential to standardise measurements. This study assesses the fitness for purpose of such a semiautomatic approach for rAAA and determined interobserver agreement on suitability. Interobserver study with six trained observers (4 vascular surgeons, 2 radiologists) blindly assessing preoperative computed tomography angiography scans of 50 consecutive patients with rAAA. A central lumen line (CLL) was generated, and perpendicular diameters, length along the CLL, and EVAR suitability were determined using dedicated sizing software (3mensio; 3mensio Vascular; Bilthoven, The Netherlands). Success of generating a CLL, time of assessment, and interobserver agreement was determined. In the majority of the patients (median 76 %, range 64-78 %), a CLL was semiautomatically generated. The median duration of CLL generation and performance measurements was 7.5 min (interquartile range 5.5-10.6). Agreement on suitability was moderate for the entire group (Fleiss' κ = 0.55, confidence interval 0.48-0.62) and ranged from moderate to good (Cohen's κ = 0.40-0.72) between observer pairs. Assessing EVAR suitability of rAAA patients using dedicated sizing software is possible in the majority of patients. The measurements can be performed in a reasonable amount of time, and the agreement of suitability for EVAR in patients with rAAA is moderate. Improvements and additional research are necessary to replace the current axial measurement
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-630
JournalCardiovascular and interventional radiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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