Determination of Systemic and Regional Arterial Structure and Function

  • Pierre BoutouyrieEmail author
  • Laurent Macron
  • Elie Mousseaux
  • Stéphane Laurent


Large artery stiffness can be measured through direct and indirect techniques. Measurement of pulse wave propagation is among the most direct techniques, either through pulse wave velocity or through artificial pressure wave propagation. Measurement of strain and stress through echotracking techniques gives also direct, hypothesis-free measurement of arterial stiffness. Other techniques are derived from models of circulation and can approximate arterial stiffness. Details about techniques, parameter definition, are given here to help researchers and practitioners to make the best choice of technique for their applications.


Stiffness Measurement Distensibility Compliance Echotracking Remodeling Arteries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Boutouyrie
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laurent Macron
    • 2
    • 3
  • Elie Mousseaux
    • 2
    • 3
  • Stéphane Laurent
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology and Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale U970(Eq7)-PARCCHôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Université Paris-DescartesParisFrance
  2. 2.RadiologieHEGP, APHP, Inserm U970 Eq7, Université Paris DescartesParisFrance
  3. 3.RadiologyHopital Europeen Georges PompidouParisFrance

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