Aneurysm Research and Clinical Trials

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Contact the Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center

The Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center at Boston Children’s Hospital conducts ongoing research to improve diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to aneurysms in children.

3D printing to model brain and vascular anatomy

Working with the Simulator program at Boston Children’s, Edward Smith, MD, and Darren Orbach, MD, PhD, are pioneering the creation of precision 3D models of patients’ brains and blood vessels, using actual data from their brain scans. These models, created with special digitally guided printers, can be used to rehearse tricky operations and catheter-based procedures in advance.

CVD Dynamic Database

Our comprehensive patient database, representing the largest experience with pediatric cerebrovascular disease (CVD) in the world, provides rich source material for ongoing studies of aneurysm and other CVD conditions. The database allows us to track long-term patient outcomes, compare the results of different procedures, evaluate newly adopted interventions and improve our quality of care.

Imaging safely

New techniques have dramatically improved safety and reduced children’s radiation exposure during diagnostic and neurointerventional (catheter-based) procedures for aneurysm. Working closely with fluoroscopy equipment vendors to adjust and optimize technical factors, we have demonstrated that it is possible to achieve high-quality imaging at low radiation doses. Read more.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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