Publications by authors named "Petra M J van den Berg"

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A physiologically representative in vitro model of the coronary circulation.

Physiol Meas 2004 Aug;25(4):891-904

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, PO Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

With the development of clinical diagnostic techniques to investigate the coronary circulation in conscious humans, the in vitro validation of such newly developed techniques is of major importance. The aim of this study was to develop an in vitro model that is able to mimic the coronary circulation in such a way that coronary pressure and flow signals under baseline as well as hyperaemic conditions are approximated as realistically as possible and are in accordance with recently gained insights into such signals in conscious man. In the present in vitro model the heart, the systemic and coronary circulation are modelled on the basis of the elements of a lumped parameter mathematical model only consisting of elements that can be represented by segments in an experimental set-up. A collapsible tube, collapsed by the ventricular pressure, represents the variable resistance and volume behaviour of the endocardial part of the myocardium. The pressure and flow signals obtained are similar to physiological human coronary pressure and flow, both for baseline and hyperaemic conditions. The model allows for in vitro evaluation of clinical diagnostic techniques.
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