Real-time intravascular shear stress in the rabbit abdominal aorta

Lisong Ai, Hongyu Yu, Wangde Dai, Sharon L. Hale, Robert A. Kloner, Tzung K. Hsiai

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Fluid shear stress is intimately linked with the biological activities of vascular cells. A flexible microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensor was developed to assess spatial- and temporal-varying components of intravascular shear stress (ISS) in the abdominal aorta of adult New Zealand white (NZW) rabbits. Real-time ISS (ISSreal-time) was analyzed in comparison with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations for wall shear stress (WSS). Three-dimensional abdominal arterial geometry and mesh were created using the GAMBIT software. Simulation of arterial flow profiles was established by FLUENT. The NavierStokes equations were solved for non-Newtonian blood flow. The coaxial-wire-based MEMS sensor was deployed into the abdominal arteries of rabbits via a femoral artery cutdown. Based on the CFD analysis, the entrance length of the sensor on the coaxial wire (0.4 mm in diameter) was less than 10 mm. Three-dimensional fluoroscope and contrast dye allowed for visualization of the positions of the sensor and ratios of vessel to coaxial wire diameters. Doppler ultrasound provided the velocity profiles for the CFD boundary conditions. If the coaxial wire were positioned at the center of vessel, the CFD analysis revealed a mean ISS value of 31.1 with a systolic peak at 102.8 dyn · cm-2. The mean WSS was computed to be 10.1 dyn · cm-2 with a systolic peak at 33.2 dyn · cm-2, and the introduction of coaxial wire increased the mean WSS by 5.4 dyn · cm-2 and systolic peak by 18.0 dyn · cm-2. Experimentally, the mean ISS was 11.9 dyn ·-2 with a systolic peak at 47.0 dyn ·-2. The waveform of experimental ISS was similar to that of CFD solution with a 30.2% difference in mean and 8.9% in peak systolic shear stress. Despite the difference between CD and experimental results, the flexible coaxial-wire-based MEMS sensors provided a possibility to assess real-time ISS in the abdominal aorta of NZW rabbits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5071751
Pages (from-to)1755-1764
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Intravascular shear stress (ISS)
  • Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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