Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) has been recognized as an effective approach for treating abdominal aortic aneurysm. Nonetheless, this method may be associated with a risk of complications which requires regular post-operative surveillance. CT angiography has shown to be essential not only to identify patients requiring EVAR, but also to prevent or detect post-procedural complications during the long-term follow-up. It is noteworthy that low-dose CT protocols also offer the advantage of reducing radiation exposure, thereby ensuring the patients’ safety.
Prof. Loewe’s Focus illustrates in detail the several reasons for a strict surveillance after an EVAR procedure, the different types of complications which might occur and the fundamental role of CT in their detection, differentiation and diagnosis, with descriptions of timely and optimized follow-up CT protocols.
The scientific papers selected for this Newsletter investigate the predictive factors for post-EVAR complications, focusing on the major benefits deriving from the application of CT angiography.
These advantages of CT are exemplified by the new clinical cases proposed herein, where the role of CT angiography as the gold-standard method for treatment planning and follow-up before and after EVAR is fully demonstrated.
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