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Geometrical and Morphological Assessment of Human Endarterectomy Specimens In Vitro

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Renate W. Boekhoven, Marcel C. M. Rutten, Frans N. van de Vosse, Richard G. P. Lopata

Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Marc R. H. M. van Sambeek

Catharina Hospital Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Paper No. SBC2013-14297, pp. V01AT04A008; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms; Active and Reactive Soft Matter; Atherosclerosis; BioFluid Mechanics; Education; Biotransport Phenomena; Bone, Joint and Spine Mechanics; Brain Injury; Cardiac Mechanics; Cardiovascular Devices, Fluids and Imaging; Cartilage and Disc Mechanics; Cell and Tissue Engineering; Cerebral Aneurysms; Computational Biofluid Dynamics; Device Design, Human Dynamics, and Rehabilitation; Drug Delivery and Disease Treatment; Engineered Cellular Environments
  • Sunriver, Oregon, USA, June 26–29, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5560-7
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Treatment of rupture-prone carotid atherosclerotic plaques, by means of endarterectomy, is only beneficial for patients with unstable plaques, which comprise only 16% of the patient population [1]. It is therefore of great interest to assess morphology, geometry and mechanical deformation of the plaque and its components, to prevent unnecessary treatment. However, due to the complex geometry of stenotic arteries, 3D information at both high temporal and spatial resolution is required. Besides, assessment of plaque morphology in vivo can still not be routinely performed. Therefore, one has to rely on in vitro methods to obtain morphology and mechanical properties, and thus rupture risk.

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