Monday, 27 April 2015

Friday, 24 April 2015

Software for Vascular Trainees

Software for Vascular Trainees

As a vascular trainee, nowadays you need to be endovascular trained. In other words, you need to encompass all that an interventional radiologist is (minus the diagnostics obviously) and an old school vascular surgeon was.
This means learning how to reconstruct CTs and plan EVARs as well as putting the dratted things in.
To help with this software is available…
Osirix - Open Source PACS software - fully featured PACS suite, has a (non CE and non FDA) free version which is on a par if not better than all commercial PACS. You can size off this easily, but it does require you manually creating the centre line. Price? £500ish for CE/FDA approved. Mac only.
Sova.EVAR - An Osirix plugin, currently in some form of commercial re-organisation. Originally a university project. Excellent and has a free 30 day trial. Full integration with stent catalogues. Price unknown. Mac only.
Endosize - A standalone sizing software (university spin off), with excellent sizing capabilities. Great output and easy to use. Very quick. Works on Mac, PC and Tablet. Free demo. Price €2990 for a year licence and €7900 for a perpetual licence.
3Mensio - A university spin off. Excellent, full featured sizing suite. Expensive though! PC only. Free Demo. Price… Not yet sure…
TeraRecon - Essentially the industry leader in standalone sizing. Has multiple options for use including thin client cloud service. Excellent tools and rendering. Good support. Most common hospital solution. Works on PC only. Price £10000 ish for a perpetual licence.
Aycan Osirix Pro - Built on modified Osirix code base allows vessel analysis. I found it exceedingly difficult and gave up. Works on Mac. Price about €2000+
Other suites are available obviously and many supplied PACS in hospitals now do this on their own.