Stanley JRL, Keating JH, San Souci KJ. “An Overview on the Considerations for the Planning of Nonclinical Necropsies for Medical Device Studies”
Summary: The terminal collection and histological processing of medical devices is an expensive, labor-, and material-intensive endeavor, which requires adequate experience, innovation, and preparation for success. It is also an exciting endeavor that continually challenges, intellectually engages, and improves the skills and knowledge of the pathologist. Awareness of the importance of the medical device pathologist’s involvement, communication, and oversight throughout the development, implementation, and execution of a nonclinical assessment of a medical device is in the best interest of the test facility, the histopathology laboratory, the pathologist, the sponsor, and, ultimately, the patients. This article serves to present as a primer of key considerations for the approach and conduct of “nontoxicological” studies, defined as studies involving animal models of deployment or implantation of medical devices as well as surgical animal models.