Interview of Prof. Monika Killer-Oberpfalzer at LINNC Paris 2021

Has the COVID pandemic changed our approach to interventional neuroradiology? Can robotics, artificial intelligence or improvements in imaging technologies extend the care we offer to a larger population, improving workflow and assisting the specialist? Are they enough to improve care? What about the introduction of new intrasaccular devices?

 

These are just some of the topics discussed by Prof. Monika KILLER-OBERPFALZER at the recent LINNC Paris 2021. For the Professor, the pandemic period has seen a positive increase the use of robotics and online systems with the real promise of enlarging care – especially for stroke – but it does not replace the need for more experienced neurointerventionists.

 

Concerning aneurysms, Prof. KILLER-OBERPFALZER feels that flow diversion is the right choice in the right situation, but the new intrasaccular devices could provide an answer to the challenges of dual antiplatelet therapies and the risk of bleeding in other situations where DAPT is difficult to use.

 

Ultimately, for Prof. KILLER-OBERPFALZER the answer to better care lies is in the training of more experienced specialists, but training is long and experience remains the critical element, especially in the management of complications.

 

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