Bio-Inspired Microdevices that Mimic the Human Vasculature
AbstractBlood vessels may be found throughout the entire body and their importance to human life is undeniable. This is evident in the fact that a malfunctioning blood vessel can result in mild symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain to more severe symptoms such as a heart attack or stroke, to even death in the severest of cases. Furthermore, there are a host of pathologies that have been linked to the human vasculature. As a result many researchers have attempted to unlock the mysteries of the vasculature by performing studies that duplicate the physiological structural, chemical, and mechanical properties known to exist. While the ideal study would consist of utilizing living, blood vessels derived from human tissue, such studies are not always possible since intact human blood vessels are not readily accessible and there are immense technical difficulties associated with such studies. These limitations have opened the door for the development of microdevices modeled after the human vasculature as it is believed by many researchers in the field that such devices can one day replace tissue models. In this review we present an overview of microdevices developed to mimic various types of vasculature found throughout the human body. Although the human body contains a diverse array of vascular systems for this review we limit our discussion to the cardiovascular system and cerebrovascular system and discuss such systems that have been fabricated in both 2D and 3D configurations. View Full-Text
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Islam, M.M.; Beverung, S.; Steward Jr., R. Bio-Inspired Microdevices that Mimic the Human Vasculature. Micromachines 2017, 8, 299.
Islam MM, Beverung S, Steward Jr. R. Bio-Inspired Microdevices that Mimic the Human Vasculature. Micromachines. 2017; 8(10):299.Chicago/Turabian Style
Islam, Md. Mydul; Beverung, Sean; Steward Jr., Robert. 2017. "Bio-Inspired Microdevices that Mimic the Human Vasculature." Micromachines 8, no. 10: 299.