Establishing an endovascular carotid stent program

Rod Raabe, Brian Chong

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Abstract

FDA approval of carotid stent and distal protection devices has transformed carotid artery stenting (CAS) from an investigational procedure to a practical application. Recent approval by the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) has ensured that CAS will be a part of everyday practice throughout the country. To establish a competitive endovascular carotid stent program, one needs to develop an effective strategy. The key to success is substance and service. A high-quality clinical program with excellent communication between the patient and referring physician is essential. You must first get access to the patient by establishing a clinical practice. As a radiologist, you have the advantage of gaining access by identifying appropriate patients through noninvasive vascular labs, CTA, and MRA. An algorithm-driven evaluation and treatment protocol with good pre- and postoperative care, along with a quality assurance program, will ensure that your carotid stent program has substance and delivers optimal service. With good planning, you will have a firm clinical foundation for treatment of carotid artery stenosis in your community. Putting all of the ingredients together will ensure a successful carotid endovascular program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-189
Number of pages3
JournalTechniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004

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Keywords

  • Carotid stent
  • Practice building

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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