About this briefing

About this briefing

Medtech innovation briefings summarise the published evidence and information available for individual medical technologies. The briefings provide information to aid local decision‑making by clinicians, managers, and procurement professionals.

Medtech innovation briefings aim to present information and critically review the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant evidence, but contain no recommendations and are not formal NICE guidance.

Development of this briefing

This briefing was developed for NICE by Cedar. The interim process & methods statement sets out the process NICE uses to select topics, and how the briefings are developed, quality assured and approved for publication.

Project team

Cedar, External Assessment Centre

Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Kathleen Withers, Researcher, Cedar

  • Dr James Evans, Researcher, Cedar

  • Dr Helen Morgan, Information Specialist, Cedar

  • Dr. Grace Carolan‑Rees, Director, Cedar

Specialist commentators

The following specialist commentators provided comments on a draft of this briefing:

  • Mr James Coulston, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Musgrove Park Hospital

  • Mr David McLain, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

  • Mr Christopher Twine, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


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ISBN: 978-1-4731-1294-0