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A New Mesostructural Soft Tissue Testing System With Multiaxial Loading and Local Strain Measurement Capabilities

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Todd C. Doehring, Michael Kahelin

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Ivan Vesely

University of Southern California

Paper No. IMECE2004-61735, pp. 331-332; 2 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4703-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


A new mesostructural testing system (MSTS) has been developed to measure structural and material properties of soft tissues at an intermediate, or “mesostructural” scale (i.e. ~ .01 to 10 mm). Key features of this new system are biaxial computer controlled loading and synchronized high-resolution microscopic digital imaging. The system uses a marker-less feature tracking algorithm to measure local deformation of mesostructures such as the fiber bundles of the aortic valve. Validation and bioengineering applications are described.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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