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

  • Ruth Poole, Researcher, Cedar

  • 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 J Vince Smyth, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Mr Eric Chemla, Consultant Renal Transplant and Vascular Surgeon, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Professor Charles McCollum, Professor of Surgery and Consultant Vascular Surgeon, South Manchester University Hospital NHS Trust.

Declarations of interest

  • Mr Eric Chemla has organised workshops with W L Gore, but paid the honorarium into the hospital research fund.

  • No other relevant conflicts of interest were declared.


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ISBN: 978‑1‑4731‑1471‑5