Northoaks Medical Center, Hammond, Lousiana, USA
Received Date: August 22, 2013; Accepted Date: September 09, 2013; Published Date: September 11, 2013
Citation: Arena FJ, Arena FA (2013) Intravascular Ultrasound Evaluation of Interwoven Nitinol Stents at Implant. J Vasc Med Surg 1: 116 doi: 10.4172/2329-6925.1000116
Copyright: © 2013 Arena FJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Purpose: To evaluate the performance of Interwoven Nitinol Stents placed in the Superficial Femoral and Popliteal arteries using Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS).
Methods: 37 stented segments in 34 patients whose procedures involved using IVUS during their peripheral angioplasties were retrospectively examined. Twenty seven 5 mm stented segments and ten 6 mm segments were measured. The IVUS study showing each stented segment was measured at ten approximately equal distances. At each of these points the size of the lumen was measured. The area inside the stents, as well as the minimum and maximum diameters across the stent were determined. The minimal area from each segment was also obtained. These areas were averaged and the stent expansion ratio (SER), average in stent area/maximal stent area was determined for each segment. The minimum and maximum diameters in each segment were also determined and the Radial Stent Symmetry Index (RSSI), minimum/maximum stent diameter was calculated for each segment.
Results: The 5 mm Interwoven nitinol stent group achieved an SER of 96.5%. The 6 mm group achieved an SER of 87.83%. The minimal SER measurement among the 5 mm stents averaged 76.67% and the 6 mm stents 65.71%. The RSSI in the 5 mm segments were 90.49%, while the 6 mm group was 88.80%.
Conclusions: Interwoven Nitinol stents perform well at implant with consistent deployment areas across multiple stent sizes when used in the SFA and Popliteal arteries. RSSI calculations were generally consistent with a relatively round stent deployment.
Intravascular ultrasound; Stent; Peripheral; Angioplasty
Stenting of the Superficial Femoral and Popliteal arteries have become more commonplace over the last 2 decades. Performance of these stents have generally been determined by clinical patency and restenosis by external Doppler ultrasound and repeat angiography . Very little information exists regarding how these peripheral stents appear and perform immediately after deployment. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) has become a useful tool in the coronary anatomy to evaluate stents for adequate deployment and to evaluate the artery for hidden issues that may affect patency such as dissection [2,3]. Adequacy of deployment and stent size at the time of implant has been associated with better long term outcome in the coronary anatomy [4-6]. The use of IVUS technology in the peripheral circulation is becoming more commonplace . This data provides significant anatomic information felt to be useful during complex peripheral interventions, although clinical trial data is lacking. During peripheral artery procedures in the SFA and Popliteal, (especially when working in calcified arteries) anecdotally, it is not uncommon to see traditional tubular nitinol stents compress from external forces and fail to maintain their shapes at implant  (Figure 1). Few studies have been performed to assess the impact of this phenomenon [3,8].
In recent years a new stent design, interwoven nitinol has been available for use in the SFA and Popliteal arteries . This design has several theoretical advantages including substantially increased radial strength as well as better compliance to the forces of longitudinal compression and extension when compared to traditional tubular nitinol stents . As of the writing of this paper no information exists in the literature documenting the deployment performance of this stent design at implant. We retrospectively evaluated the intravascular ultrasound results on 37 consecutive stented segments in patients who had IVUS of interwoven nitinol stents placed in their SFA and/or Popliteal arteries in our lab. The stents examined were all between 5 and 6 mm in size. These stents were placed as part of the routine peripheral intervention. There were 3 TASC B, 20 TASC C and 11 TASC D patients who made up the study group. The average Rutherford class was 4.1 for the combined group (Table 1 and 2).
|1||D||3||5 mm × 30 CM|
|2||D||4||5 mm × 22 CM|
|3||D||4||5 mm × 16 CM|
|4||B||3||5 mm × 12 CM|
|5||C||4||5 mm × 23 CM|
|6||C||4||5 mm × 24 CM|
|7||D||5||5 mm × 12 CM|
|8||B||6||5 mm × 10 CM|
|9||D||5||5 mm × 36 CM|
|10||C||4||5 mm × 18 CM|
|11||C||4||5 mm × 22 CM|
|12||D||4||5 mm × 34 CM|
|13||C||4||5 mm × 18 CM|
|14||C||4||5 mm × 12 CM|
|15||D||5||5 mm × 18 CM|
|16||D||4||5 mm × 30 CM|
|17||C||5||5 mm × 30 CM|
|18||C||4||5 mm × 24 CM|
|19||C||4||5 mm × 38 CM|
|20||C||5||5 mm × 21 CM|
|21||C||5||5 mm × 24 CM|
|22||C||3||5 mm × 16 CM|
|23||C||3||5 mm × 24 CM|
|24||D||5||5 mm × 46 CM|
|25||D||4||5 mm × 24 CM|
|26||C||4||5 mm × 24 CM|
|27||B||3||5 mm × 12 CM|
Table 1: Patient procedure and stent characteristics 5 mm group.
|1||C||4||6 mm × 30 CM|
|2||C||6||6 mm × 10 CM|
|3||C||3||6 mm × 20 CM|
|4||D||4||6 mm × 22 CM|
|5||C||4||6 mm × 8 CM|
|6||D||4||6 mm × 8 CM|
|7||C||4||6 mm × 12 CM|
|8||C||4||6 mm × 28 CM|
|9||C||4||6 mm × 30 CM|
|10||C||4||6 mm × 24 CM|
Table 2: Patient procedure and stent characteristics 6 mm group.
In all 37 stented segments in 34 patients using the Supera Stent, IDEV Technologies (Webster, Tx. USA), were evaluated using the Volcano Eagle Eye Gold, (San Diego, Ca. USA) IVUS system during the normal course of their peripheral angioplasty procedures. The Volcano Eagle Eye Gold is a .014 wire based system used with manual pullback during the IVUS examination. The Ivus examinations in this study were all intra-procedure and post procedure examinations and were performed over concerns about adequacy of deployment and dissection as well as disease distal to the stented segment. Stent sizes were chosen based on angiography and clinical judgement. There were twenty seven, 5 mm stents and ten, 6 mm stented segments measured. Three patients had limbs stented with both 5 and 6 mm stents, these were treated as separate examinations. The cases were collected and retrospectively examined. We split the IVUS evaluation of each segment into ten approximately equal distances using the frame number included in the video recording. For example, if 1000 frames were in the recording we would measure at 100,200 etc. Since this was a retrospective evaluation of routine cases, measurements at exact distances were not possible. At each of the 10 positions in the recording the size of the lumen was measured using a Volcano System 5 workstation. The area inside the stents as well as the minimum and maximum diameters across the stents were determined. The entire IVUS recording was reviewed to find the minimum luminal area and that measurement was also recorded. The area measurement results in each segment were combined and the Stent Expansion Ratio (SER) for each group (5 and 6 mm stents) was calculated. The minimum area in each segment was averaged and the minimum SER was also determined for each group (Table 3 and 4). In addition the minimum and maximum diameter measurements were combined and the Radial Stent Symmetry Index (RSSI) for each group was determined as an estimate for the roundness of the deployed stents (Table 5 and 6).
Average intraluminal area of 5 mm Group- 18.95 mm2
Average Minimal area of 5 mm group-15.05 mm2
Stent E×pansion Ratio- 96.52%
Minimum Stent E×pansion Ratio-76.67%
Table 3: 5 mm stent group IVUS area data.
Average luminal area of 6 mm group- 24.83 mm2
Average minimal luminal area of group-18.58 mm2
Stent E×pansion Ratio-87.83%
Minimal Stent E×pansion Ratio-65.71%
Table 4: 6mm stent group IVUS area data.
Average RSSI for 5 mm Group- .9049
Table 5: Minimal, Maximal Diameters and RSSI, 5 mm Stent group.
Average RSSI for 6 mm group- .8880
Table 6: Minimal, Maximal Diameters and RSSI, 6 mm Stent group.
The average SER in the 5 mm interwoven nitinol stent group was 96.5%. In the 6 mm stent group the calculation was 87.83%. The average minimal SER of each segment in the 5 mm stents was 76.67%. The average minimum for the group of 6 mm stents were 65.71%. The RSSI in the 5 mm group was 90.49%, The calculation for the 6 mm group was 88.80%.
Anecdotally, intravascular ultrasound has shown instances of significant external compression despite adequate initial expansion of traditional nitinol stents placed in the SFA and Popliteal arteries (Figure 1). This study supports the clinical observations that interwoven nitinol stents deploy consistently near their theoretical maximum with good resistance to external compression (Figure 2). The relative lack of deployment seen in the 6 mm cohort may be partially due to external forces but also is likely to be associated with the inability to dilate the vessel to an adequate size to allow full deployment. In our lab the tendency is to go to 18-20 atmospheres with the same size balloon as the stent in the predeployment inflation and using the same balloon in the post deployment saving one balloon each case. Anecdotally, the post IVUS sometimes shows vessels are not as large as the stent and are not going to dilate without substantial trauma (Figure 3a and 3b). The sizing of the vessel is likely to be a major reason why the 6 mm stents did not perform quite as well as the 5mm stents in this study. The additional information provided by the RSSI calculation supports the observation that these stents deploy with consistent round lumens. We saw only one instance where the measured lumen was less than 50% of the projected nominal area, (Figure 4) and no stent deployed in a crescent moon shape as has been seen with traditional nitinol designs.
In this study, interwoven Nitinol stents perform well at implant with consistent SER across multiple stent sizes when used in the SFA and Popliteal arteries. The RSSI data showed they deployed with relatively round shapes and generally did not appear to suffer substantially from external compression.