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Endovascular stent graft configuration and rendering

 

About EVARplanning

The idea, the achievements and the future


By doctors, for doctors

Planning is crucial to the success of an endovascular aortic implant, but sizing is only the first step to a successful procedure. Despite the wide availability of technological resources, there has not yet been any effective electronic assistance during the subsequent steps.
We generally do not welcome the uncomfortable task of prosthesis selection and configuration, as it involves plowing through catalog lists in search of the most suitable graft pieces. Delegating this task entirely to the manufacturer’s product specialist makes it easier, but we believe there is a chance we miss something when we do.

An idea is born

In 2014, we started designing an algorithm, including a database with codes, sizes, shapes, and instructions for use of the most frequently used aortic endoprostheses. We have added our surgical skills, and the experience of hundreds of real cases provided by the endograft companies, in a continuous process of validation and calibration of the algorithm. We have spent thousands of hours reviewing EVARplanning, adding more features, while making the app more user-friendly and efficient. Today EVARplanning provides endovascular specialists with a tool that no other app or software currently does.

Sharing is beautiful

We started sharing EVARplanning with colleagues as a free web app, and we want it to stay that way. You do not have to pay anything, just sign up for free and start planning your next endograft on either a PC or a Mac. So far, over 1,400 vascular specialists from all over the world have joined the site. We have had over 25,000 site views in 2016 (800+ sessions/month), and we expect the number of members to continue to increase at higher rates, as users spread the word.
Sharing is our credo. Give us your constant feedback, and we'll never stop improving.

Better control, better results

A significant number of patients undergo EVAR outside the instructions for use (IFU). In a recent retrospective analysis over 50% of the patients treated with EVAR had one or more features outside the IFU, and those patients had higher rates of early and late type I endoleak, early reintervention, and late death (J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Jan 13). EVARplanning helps surgeons choose the best configuration based on the IFU and the endograft company recommendations, with caution and unfit alerts, oversize controls at different levels of the implant, and real-time comparison among available brands.

Even faster with 3mensio

Since January 2016, EVARplanning has been available directly from 3mensio Vascular, the well-known software for pre-operative sizing and planning, thanks to a new integrated functionality that allows 3mensio users to directly upload the measurements into EVARplanning, and easily plan the aortic endovascular implant.

The connection from 3mensio to EVARplanning is a natural step. We are excited about this collaboration, which combines the excellence in sizing with our unique tool for the endograft configuration and rendering. Video: EVARplanning with 3mensio

Winning a bright future

On April 1 2016, EVARplanning won the BioUpper 2016 Award for new entrepreneurial ideas in the field of life science. On June 15 2017, EVARplanning received the Seal of Excellence by the European Commission. EVARplanning is ready for an outstanding upgrade in technology, and new potentialities. Our development plan has gained the interest of scientific partners and investors, and brought us among the best biotech startups in our country. We are committed to spending our ideas, passion and hard work for a constant improving in our patients care, and we thank all our members for supporting us.

The next thing

We are working on development with excellent partners, to upgrade our current prototype to a revolutionary machine learning system for the predictive planning and rendering of endovascular procedures, based on our global community experience. Our next cloud-based, collaborative web platform will also allow doctors to share the case online with the endograft company specialist, send a quick order, or connect with other hospitals for second opinion and case referral.

Predictive analytics tools based on large size of databases will be unbeatable in the future, with higher reliability, improved performance and lower cost. We are on this track.


 

Paolo Spada, MD

Founder

Born in Milan, Italy. Vascular and endovascular surgeon at the Humanitas Research Hospital, a highly specialized hospital, research and teaching center (Humanitas University), since 1996. After performing over 2,000 open vascular procedures as first operator, dr. Spada has been focusing on endovascular abdominal and thoracic aortic repair. Dr. Spada has also gained experience in hospital quality improvement plans and Joint Commission accreditation surveys, as member of the Quality Committee of the Institute. He is also a member of the Società Italiana di Chirurgia Vascolare ed Endovascolare (SICVE) and the European Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (ESVS).

Restless, passion driven, serial entrepreneur of side projects. Founder of EVARplanning startup, winner of BioUpper award in 2016. Many years as music author and producer. Live performance and communication enthusiast. Technology and web addict. 3h06' marathoner. Co-founder of a happy family with 3 sons.

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