Sphere paper wins award

Research carried out in collaboration between MINT and University College London has won a prestigious award from the Journal of Cardiovascular Engineering Technologies (CVET).

"The 'Sphere': A Dedicated Bifurcation Aneurysm Flow-Diverter Device" was the most downloaded article published in CVET in 2015-16, demonstrating the widespread interest in the pioneering technology developed by MINT. The paper presents results from Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling of ‘Sphere’, which is a prototype flow-diverter device intended to treat bifurcation aneurysms of the cerebral vasculature.

In both steady state and transient flow simulations the device presents a range of aneurysm inflow reductions, with mean flow reductions falling in the range of 30.6–71.8% across the different geometries. Based on the extensive analysis undertaken in the paper it is concluded that the ‘Sphere’ device offers very significant levels of flow reduction in a number of anatomically accurate aneurysm sizes and locations, with many advantages compared to current clinical cylindrical flow-diverter designs. 

CVET is a highly respected journal in the cardiovascular field and presents a wide spectrum of research, from basic to translational, in all aspects of cardiovascular physiology and medical treatment.

Dr. Tom Peach, the lead author on the paper, recently accepted the award at the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference held in Minneapolis, MN from 5-8 October.

Full Reference: The 'Sphere': A Dedicated Bifurcation Aneurysm Flow-Diverter Device, 2014; Vol. 5(4):334-347. doi: 10.1007/s13239-014-0188-4

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