Biomodex has announced its partnership with two of the top medical centres in France and a health system in the USA to develop Evias Plus, a training solution for treatment of ischaemic stroke.
“Thrombectomies are very complex in nature and carry a high risk of complications. What is more, these procedures continue to evolve, given the development of new devices and approaches, requiring neuroradiologists to continually advance their skills,” said Francois Eugene, interventional neuroradiologist at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Rennes, France, a partnering medical centre.
Anthony Le Bras, interventional neuroradiologist at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Rennes, France, added, “Biomodex’s solution will not only enable physicians to stay up to date but will also accelerate training of fellows to help ensure we have enough physicians to support this rapidly expanding field.”
According to the company, Evias Plus offers an innovative approach for physician training, particularly fellowship programs. Biomodex adds that the solution for ischaemic stroke enables neurointerventionalists to simulate fluoroscopy-guided procedures in a real-life catheterisation laboratory environment. The company reports that the models come with several realistic, 3D printed blood vessel models or cartridges that plug into a station that simulates systemic flow using Biomodex Bloodsim to replicate blood density and viscosity and other key features include:
- A biobased clot, injection system and distal filter for clot collection/validation of retrieval
- Femoral access and adjustable aortic arch
- Customized tissue-like patient-specific aortic arches, including right and left radial and femoral access accessories
“Mechanical thrombectomy (MT) has revolutionised the neurological outcome of acute ischaemic stroke patients. Nonetheless, still a large proportion of eligible patients are not treated with MT because of a lack of physicians trained to perform this procedure in an emergency. We therefore have an urgent need to train more physicians to offer this treatment to more patients. This new simulation solution offers highly realistic navigation sensations with the possibility to switch within minutes from one anatomy to another,” said Raphael Blanc, co-chief interventional neuroradiologist at the Fondation Adolphe de Rothschild, Paris, France.
“Biomodex’s advanced training system is a significant improvement over traditional training approaches because the models are incredibly realistic and allow us to gain hands-on training for the manipulation of catheters under fluoroscopy. We can also practice navigating realistic aortic arch anatomies ranging from common to complex,” said Ajay Wakhloo, chief of interventional radiology at Beth Israel Lahey Health, Boston, USA.