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Virtual laryngoscopy : Supporting anesthesiologists in difficult airway planning

Riksen, J.J.M. (2020) Virtual laryngoscopy : Supporting anesthesiologists in difficult airway planning.

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Abstract:To predict difficulties in endotracheal intubation, patients undergo preoperative evaluation in the outpatient clinic. Prediction methods that are based on the anatomical inspections of the head and neck area, perform modestly. Virtual laryngoscopy (VL) is a tool that provides intraluminal anatomical information on the airway. Previous research suggests it to be of added value in airway planning. It potentially leads to a more conservative and safer airway management in patients with head and neck pathology. The VL software used in previous studies, however, had limitations and could be improved. The VL software created in this study addresses these limitations. The software is created specifically for airway planning. It was tested in a small verification study, where the software performed well. It is user friendly according to first time users, suggesting the anesthesiologist can create a VL reconstruction without the need of outsourcing it, resulting in interactive, faster and more accessible VL software that fits the current clinical workflow of anesthesiologist. The workflow and clinical value should have been tested in a validation study with patients with a difficult airway, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic this part of the research study had to be cancelled.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:44 medicine
Programme:Technical Medicine MSc (60033)
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