Annals of Biomedical Engineering

, Volume 30, Issue 7, pp 894–904 | Cite as

Changes of Flow Characteristics by Stenting in Aneurysm Models: Influence of Aneurysm Geometry and Stent Porosity

  • Kyehan Rhee
  • Moon Hee Han
  • Sang Hoon Cha


An endovascular technique using a stent has been developed and successfully applied in the treatment of wide neck aneurysms. A stent can facilitate thrombosis in the aneurysm pouch while maintaining biocompatible passage of the parent artery. Insertion of the stent changes the flow characteristics inside the aneurysm pouch, which can affect the intra-aneurysmal embolization process. The purpose of this study is to clarify the velocity and wall shear stress changes that are caused by stenting in fusiform and lateral aneurysm models. We used a flow visualization technique that incorporated a photochromic dye in order to observe the flow fields and measure the wall shear rates. The intra-aneurysmal flow motion was significantly reduced in the stented aneurysm models. Coherent inflow along the distal wall of the aneurysm was diminished and inflow was distributed along the pores of the stent wall in the stented models. Also, sluggish intra-aneurysmal vortex motion was well maintained in the stented aneurysm models during the deceleration phase. A less porous stent generally reduced the intraneurysmal fluid motion further, but the porosity effect was not significant. The magnitude and pulsatility of the wall shear rate were reduced by stenting, and the reductions were more significant in the lateral aneurysm models compared to the fusiform aneurysm models. The hemodynamic changes that were observed in our study can help explain the efficacy of in vivo thrombus formation caused by stenting. © 2002 Biomedical Engineering Society.

PAC2002: 8719Uv, 8780-y, 8719Xx

Aneurysm Stent Hemodynamics Wall shear rate Flow visualization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyehan Rhee
    • 1
  • Moon Hee Han
    • 2
  • Sang Hoon Cha
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringMyongji UniversityKyuggidoKorea
  2. 2.Department of RadiologySeoul National University College of MedicineKorea
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyChungbuk National University College of MedicineKorea

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