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Clinical experts establish first-ever global consensus for the appropriate use of IVUS in peripheral vascular disease interventions

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Consensus results shared at IVUS symposium by Smith Center of Outcomes Research during VIVA

Royal Philips has announced that a worldwide committee of 40 cross-specialty medical experts achieved the first-ever consensus for the appropriate use of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in peripheral vascular disease (PVD) interventions. The new consensus and recommendations for use of IVUS aim to improve quality care in PVD and are based on evidence, expert practice standards, and clinical experience.

Eric A. Secemsky, MD, Interventional Cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston USA said, “The results of the cross-specialty expert consensus demonstrate strong support for the use of IVUS during peripheral interventions. Future efforts need to focus on improving IVUS implementation into clinical practice and streamlining procedural workflow to help improve our patient outcomes.”

As part of Philips’ peripheral vascular portfolio, IVUS provides the visualization and guidance essential for the optimal diagnosis and treatment of patients. Using a miniaturized ultrasound transducer mounted on the tip of a catheter, it captures real-time, high-resolution images inside the vessel. IVUS imaging enables physicians to formulate patient-specific treatment plans and confirm therapy results.

Today, healthcare providers’ use of IVUS in PVD interventions is not standardised and is therefore inconsistent. The new appropriate-use expert consensus may help establish global standards of care to adopt into guidelines and improve quality care in PVD.

To achieve consensus, the broad, multi-disciplinary, global experts used a rigorous methodology. They conducted a systematic and comprehensive review of key clinical IVUS scenarios and decision-making processes before voting as world experts in the field. The results were shared at a special symposium during Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) 2021 (Las Vegas, USA, 5-7 October). Through this method, experts established clinical consensus to identify optimal use of IVUS and potential gaps to set a standard across clinical specialties and drive positive outcomes for patients.

Chris Landon, Senior Vice President and General Manager Image Guided Therapy Devices at Philips said, “We commend these global, cross-specialty experts, on their commitment to identifying the appropriate uses of IVUS to standardize procedures in order to improve outcomes for peripheral vascular patients worldwide. This expert consensus sets a precedent on how patients are managed and supports Philips’ commitment to evidence-based medical guidelines as part of our pursuit of better patient outcomes, enhanced patient and staff experiences, and lower cost of care.”

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