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ABSTRACT: The Codman-Hakim Programmable Valve is widely used in shunting hydrocephalus and other conditions.
To establish an accurate valve verification system for the Codman-Hakim programmable valve that does not require radiographic exposure.
Prospective clinical trial tested a new valve verification system at 9 research sites.
The Valve Programming and Verification System allowed us to establish the valve setting in 62% of subjects with a programmable valve.
The Valve Programming and Verification System avoids radiation exposure, is cost-effective, and time efficient for the patient and provider. In approximately one third of subjects, those in whom "adjustment complete" is not achieved, cranial radiographs are still needed.
Neurosurgery 09/2010; 67(3 Suppl Operative):ons96-100; discussion ons100-1. DOI:10.1227/01.NEU.0000380961.26626.BA · 3.62 Impact Factor