3D-printed artery monitors blood pressure to help manage cardiovascular health

Written by Georgi Makin

3D-printed artery

A team of researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI, USA) has 3D printed an artery that monitors blood pressure to enable doctors to monitor cardiovascular health remotely. Traditionally, when surgeons replace part of a blood vessel, the graft is monitored through imaging techniques including CT scans and ultrasounds. Unfortunately, even with rigorous monitoring, researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison report that between 40–50% of grafts fail in the US. In an effort to reduce the rate of failure of a graft, a team of researchers have 3D printed an artificial blood vessel that monitors blood pressure to enable doctors to track...

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