Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine
Vol 3 No 1 (2021): Trans. AMMM
https://doi.org/10.18416/AMMM.2021.2109576

Medical Phantoms for Planning, Training, and Quality Assurance, ID 576

Stenosis simulation of femoral arteries using an adaptive 3D-printed actuator

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Annika Dell  (Fraunhofer Research Institution for Individualized and Cell-Based Medical Engineering IMTE, Lübeck, Germany and Institute of Medical Engineering, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany), Franz Wegner  (Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany), Eric Aderhold  (Fraunhofer Research Institution for Individualized and Cell-Based Medical Engineering IMTE, Lübeck, Germany), Thorsten M. Buzug  (Fraunhofer Research Institution for Individualized and Cell-Based Medical Engineering IMTE, Lübeck, Germany and Institute of Medical Engineering, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany), Thomas Friedrich  (Fraunhofer Research Institution for Individualized and Cell-Based Medical Engineering IMTE, Lübeck, Germany)

Abstract

Motivated by the need for a simulator for varying degrees of vascular stenosis and different stenosis geometries, a pneumatic actuator was conceived and developed using additive manufacturing.  This actuator includes flexible and rigid parts.  The flexible components yield to incoming air pressure, so varying degrees of stenosis can be simulated based on the air pressure used.   The primary benefits of such an actuator are the lack of artifact-causing metal parts and the design flexibility additive manufacturing allows. Thus, such an actuator is useful in cardiovascular studies using MRI, CT, or MPI, as various stenosis geometries and degrees of vascular stenosis can be simulated.

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Dell, A., Wegner, F., Aderhold, E., Buzug, T. M., & Friedrich, T. (2021). Stenosis simulation of femoral arteries using an adaptive 3D-printed actuator. Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine, 3(1), 576. https://doi.org/10.18416/AMMM.2021.2109576