Exploring the Feasibility of using the Temporal Artery as a Mechanical Proxy for Aortic Wall Mechanisms
Objective: This study investigates the feasibility of using the temporal artery as a mechanical proxy for the aorta. Uniaxial and Biaxial testing were used to examine the biomechanical properties of both vessels.
Methods: Arteries of ten tissue donors were be put through a series of uniaxial and biaxial tests and modeled using various mathematical equations in order to obtain mechanical properties. The parameters collected from these models were fed into Simvascular which created a full scale simulation of the donors aorta and temporal artery. This simulation collected further data
Results: It was found that the temporal artery has an inversely proportionate strength when compared to the aorta.
Conclusion: The temporal artery could be used as a mechanical proxy for the relative strength and health of the aorta.