Bo Claymore

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.