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Impact of the Balloon Folding Pattern on the Transient Stent Expansion Behaviour: A Finite Element Study

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Peter Mortier, Matthieu De Beule, Denis Van Loo, Rudy Van Impe, Benedict Verhegghe, Pascal Verdonck

Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Paper No. SBC2007-176189, pp. 707-708; 2 pages
  • ASME 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Keystone, Colorado, USA, June 20–24, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4798-5
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Stenting is the most commonly used medical procedure to restore blood flow in stenotic arteries. During this endovascular intervention, a small tube-like structure is implanted in the narrowed section of the diseased artery. The vast majority of stents are crimped (i.e. plastically deformed) on a folded balloon (balloon expandable stents). After insertion through a small incision in the femoral or radial artery using a catheter, the balloon is inflated and the stent deploys. Following to the expansion, the balloon is deflated and retracted and from then on, the stent acts as a mechanical scaffold for the enlarged lumen.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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