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Angiographic assessment of the performance of flow divertors to treat cerebral aneurysms

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Department of Radiology

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Conference Proceeding


Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering | Cardiovascular Diseases | Nervous System Diseases | Radiology


Past clinical and experimental evidence suggests that cerebral aneurysms can be successfully excluded from the circulation solely by the endovascular placement of a flow diverting device across the aneurysm neck. These devices promote intraaneurysmal flow stasis and concomitant thrombosis by redirecting flow away from the aneurysm. To comprehensively test the efficacy of such flow divertors, we are implanting devices with three different porosities in a large cohort of elastase-induced aneurysms in rabbits. Treatment efficacy is quantified by a mathematical model that is fit to aneurysmal angiographic contrast washout curves. Results from three animals implanted with different device porosities are presented here. The model competently captures the behavior of the aneurysmal washout curves and provides reliable indices of device efficacy. Preliminary analysis indicates that immediately after implantation, the device with medium porosity performs better than the devices with lower and higher porosities.


Aneurysm, Neck, Animals, Coils, Rabbits, Arteries, Mathematical model, Biomedical engineering, Radiology

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Sadasivan C, Lieber BB, Cesar L, Miskolczi L, Seong J, Wakhloo AK. Angiographic assessment of the performance of flow divertors to treat cerebral aneurysms. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2006;2006:3210-3. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2006.260043. PMID: 17946555. Link to article on publisher's site

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Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference

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