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Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering

Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf

Editorial Board: Augat, Peter / Buzug, Thorsten M. / Haueisen, Jens / Jockenhoevel, Stefan / Knaup-Gregori, Petra / Kraft, Marc / Lenarz, Thomas / Leonhardt, Steffen / Malberg, Hagen / Penzel, Thomas / Plank, Gernot / Radermacher, Klaus M. / Schkommodau, Erik / Stieglitz, Thomas / Urban, Gerald A.

CiteScore 2018: 0.47

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.377

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Balloon-based measuring system for compliance investigations

Wolfram Schmidt / Carsten Tautorat / Kerstin Schümann / Peter Behrens / Niels Grabow / Olaf Specht / Frank Kamke / Klaus-Peter Schmitz
  • Institute for ImplantTechnology and Biomaterials e.V. and Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Rostock University Medical Center, Rostock, Germany
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Published Online: 2018-09-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2018-0129


For the development of new stent designs, the compliance of the surrounding biological tissue has to be considered. We expect to obtain parameters for simulation, stent dimensioning, and the forces acting on the stent after implantation. Starting point of the investigations is the commercially available Metricath system allowing cross-sectional lumen area measurements of arteries. Its working principle is based on the pressure-volume relationship using a balloon catheter, which is inflated to a specific pressure of about 250 mmHg and conforms to the shape and size of the lumen. However, for compliance charts multiple pressure levels and a larger pressure range are needed. To overcome this technical limitation, the Metricath balloon catheter is combined with a new inflation device, called pV-Monitor. The presented cross-sectional lumen area measurements in rigid tubes and compliance investigations of elastic tubes demonstrate the feasibility of the pV-Monitor system.

Keywords: compliance; pressure; volume; balloon; catheter

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Published Online: 2018-09-22

Published in Print: 2018-09-01

Citation Information: Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 539–542, ISSN (Online) 2364-5504, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2018-0129.

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