CT Scans Are Overused In The Follow-Up Of EVAR: Many Can Be Omitted Or Replaced By Duplex Saving Dollars And Decreasing Radiation Exposure

Long term surveillance with computed tomography (CT) after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) increases both cost and risk. The purpose of a study presented by Michael S. Makaroun, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, was to evaluate an alternative follow-up modality with color flow duplex ultrasound scanning (CDU) as the sole method of imaging.

Currently most practices follow the manufacturer's recommend schedules. Dr. Makaroun stated that the community needs to rethink the schedules, because EVAR is very expensive and a good part of that expense is from CT charges.

source: Medical News Today

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