Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Stent Event: Michigan Tech students mimic blood flow in the lab

By Marcia Goodrich, senior writer
Published in Michigan Tech News May 25, 2011

HOUGHTON -- If by chance you should have a stent inserted in a clogged coronary artery, you can probably count on it staying around for a very long time. So it’s important to know what will happen to it.

"But there’s not a lot of information on exactly how stents degrade in the body," said Patrick Bowen, who just completed his BS in Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Technological University. What information there is, on stents and other devices that surgeons place inside us for our own good, has been derived from studies on large animals, which are expensive and time-consuming.

That information may now be more forthcoming. Bowen is part of an interdisciplinary Senior Design team that found a couple of new ways to replicate what happens to stents and other man-made things tucked inside our blood vessels ...

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