Development of rotary tool for removal of intravascular blood clots

Chang Lae Kim, Young Tae Kim, Kwang Suk Lee, Dae Eun Kim, Young Guk Ko, Yang Soo Jang

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Due to significant increase in the incidence of cardiovascular disease, the development of medical devices to treat thrombosis has recently been of great concern. In order to develop a rotational tool to remove vascular blood clots, it is especially important to understand the tribological behavior of the tool inside a vessel to effectively remove blood clots without any damage to the vessel. In this work, the grinding behaviors of different tools were experimentally investigated using clotted blood samples from cattle. Three tools of different shapes were designed and tested. We found that an elliptical design tool with four stainless steel blades (0.25 mm-thickness) yielded the smallest clot particles. In experiments using two other tools with stainless steel and fluoro carbon wires, stainless steel generated small particles more efficiently than fluoro carbon. Particle size decreased as the contact length of the tool edges and the rotational velocity of the tool increased. It is expected that the results of this work may be used to design superior devices for a variety of medical applications related to clot removal in blood vessels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-419
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This CRI work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. 2010-0018289).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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