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An Agar and Saline Phantom for Perfused Tissue

[+] Author Affiliations
Marie C. Madden, Elaine P. Scott

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. IMECE2003-42900, pp. 43-44; 2 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3710-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


A simple and accurate perfused tissue phantom would be a useful tool for biomedical research. The phantom described here is an agar-saline model that can be easily constructed. Space between finely diced pieces of agar is perfused with saline. A rotator Boekel-Orbitron® is used to perfuse the agarsaline mixture, mimicking the non-directional movement of blood. Dye injected into the phantom records the volumetric movement of saline for a set time period on the Orbitron. These data are used to determine perfusion estimates in units of g/s/mL. Experimental results can be appropriately scaled and additional modifications can be better mimic specific in-vivo conditions.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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