Simulated Use Test Systems

A Mock Circulatory Loop (MCL) that has been tailored for testing and evaluation of cardiovascular medical devices becomes a Simulated Use Test System, or Simulation System. Both MCL and simulation systems seek to mimic the pressure, temperature and flow conditions of the human cardiovascular system. The simulated use test system further presents an apparatus where specific performance attributes of a technology can be quantified and qualified during design verification testing, in addition to providing a focused demonstration, marketing and surgeon training tool.
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BDC Laboratories designs and builds custom “turn-key” MCL’s and simulated use systems that include clinically relevant vascular pathways while accurately achieving the appropriate hemodynamics within the model. The test system vascular pathway is typically constructed to specific clinical data using BDC’s silicone mock vessel technology; however, the systems are compatible with other models such as ex-vivo cadaver anatomy when desired.

Aortic Valve Simulation

Aortic Valve Simulation

Mitral Valve Simulation

Mitral Valve Simulation

Coronary Artery Simulation

Coronary Artery Simulation

Surgeon Training Suites

Surgeon Training Suites

Simulation Testing

Simulation testing provides the ability to study critical endovascular and heart valve device characteristics and design parameters in a predictable, controlled, and reproducible manner to demonstrate how a device may perform in-vivo.

BDC Laboratories’ MCL’s and simulated use test systems aid in the evaluation of product designs and delivery system parameters by accurately emulating physiological hemodynamics and vascular and/or cardiac anatomy and compliance. Some key device attributes that can be evaluated with BDC’s simulated use systems include: pulsatile flow device interactions, endovascular and transcatheter heart valve implant positioning, implant deployment accuracy, implant sizing, conformability of a stent graft or stent to vessel wall, delivery system trackability, pushability, torquability, deployment force, and TAVR valve-in-valve deployment.

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“Using a mix of their tried-and-true systems and new electromechanical components, BDC produced test equipment that precisely met our needs. In addition to being on scope and schedule, I was impressed by the thought that Ben McCloskey put into the GUI and overall usability of the system. He and Craig were a pleasure to work with.” Read more »

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