Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Department of


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Steinert, B. D., Zhao, S., Gu, L. Monitoring the Wall Mechanics During Stent Deployment in a Vessel. Journal of Visualized Experiments 2012; (63): e3945.
Published online 2012 May 8. doi: 10.3791/3945
PMCID: PMC3468193



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Clinical trials have reported different restenosis rates for various stent designs . It is speculated that stentinduced strain concentrations on the arterial wall lead to tissue injury, which initiates restenosis . This hypothesis needs further investigations including better quantifications of non-uniform strain distribution on the artery following stent implantation. A non-contact surface strain measurement method for the stented artery is presented in this work. ARAMIS stereo optical surface strain measurement system uses two optical high speed cameras to capture the motion of each reference point, and resolve three dimensional strains over the deforming surface. As a mesh stent is deployed into a latex vessel with a random contrasting pattern sprayed or drawn on its outer surface, the surface strain is recorded at every instant of the deformation. The calculated strain distributions can then be used to understand the local lesion response, validate the computational models, and formulate hypotheses for further in vivo study. (53623 kB)