Program

Travis Schauer

Boston Scientific

Simulating the Release Mechanism of
Drug-Eluting Stents

Coronary artery disease is a condition where arteries of the heart are blocked by plaque. In some cases, tiny, mesh-like scaffolds called drug-eluting stents are used to hold the artery open. A drug is slowly released from the stent coating over time to reduce tissue growth over the stent and maintain a patent vessel. In this talk, we will present the development of a drug transport model based on the observed microstructure of a stent coating. The use of the COMSOL Optimization Module will be highlighted to determine model input parameters which could not be measured experimentally.

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