Heart Valve Pulse Duplicator Test System

BDC Laboratories’ innovative HDT-500 heart valve pulse duplicator test system achieves ISO 5840 pulsatile testing requirements in a focused, efficient, and user friendly manner for both surgically implanted and transcatheter aortic and mitral heart valves. The HDT-500 can easily be configured either as a left heart simulator or right heart simulator. Using a novel drawer-style fixture assembly, there is no need to drain the system between tests and changing the test article occurs in minutes to significantly increase productivity. BDC’s proven PD-1100 pulsatile pump is the fluid driving source for the HDT-500 pulse duplicator system yielding high beat-to-beat repeatability and dynamic configurability. Optical visualization ports on both the inflow and outflow of the test valve allows for visualization from either orientation.

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The accompanying Statys™ HDT control and monitoring software gives the user absolute control over the pulse duplicator excitation waveform. The real-time data collection and analysis tools impeded in the software provide instantaneous measurement the device parameters, such as pressure drop, effective orifice area, regurgitant volumes, and leakage rates.

HDT-500 Pulse Duplicator System


  • Drawer-Style Operation:
    • A sliding drawer holds the heart valve test article to facilitate quick changes of test articles
    • Changing of the heart valve test article can occur without the need to drain the system fluid
  • Heart Valve Type: Aortic, Mitral, or Pulmonary
  • Heart Valve Size: 65 mm (std), 80 mm, 95 mm (optional)
  • Flow Rate: 0-10 L/min
  • Driving Waveform: Sinusoidal, Arbitrary
  • Frequency: 2-240 bpm
  • Test Fluid: Water, Saline, PBS Solution, Blood Analog
  • Temperature: up to 50 °C
  • Flow Monitoring: Ultrasonic or Electromagnetic Technology
  • Regulatory Compliance: Complies with ISO 5840, and all applicable European Union directives and standards for safety and EMC. CE Marked.
  • Integrated data collection and analysis tools to determine all required ISO 5840 and FDA test parameters either real-time or through post processing
  • Real-time separation of the continual waveforms into individual beats ease data review
  • Sinusoidal or arbitrary waveform driver excitation accurately simulates clinical performance
  • Beat analysis reduced data is summarized and output in excel format to quick processing
  • All temporal signals can be output and saved in high-fidelity for post-test waveform analysis
  • User-focused software environment to facilitate ease of system operation
  • Multipurpose Ports, MpP: The HDT-500 offers two Multipurpose Ports located in line with the test valve on both the
    inflow and outflow aspects. These ports are exchangeable and facilitate the insertion of either optional glass viewing windows for exceptional sample visibility/photography, custom magnifying windows, or the implementation of hemostatic valves for real-time
    valve deployment in the system.
  • Heart Function Emulator, HFE: The HFE emulates contractile and resistive conditions of the heart, resulting in more
    clinically relevant flow waveforms and pressure profiles for cardiac valve testing. The HFE consists of an impedance element and compliance chambers.
  • Flow Meter with Probe: Customized Transonic System Ultrasonic Flow Meter with Probe gives precision volume flow
    measurement.
  • Low Pressure Valve Module, LPV: The LPV consists of specific HDT-500 system elements for low pressure applications such as pulmonary valves, tricuspid valves, and venous valves.
  • Automated Drawer Activation, ADA: The ADA system allows the user to automatically open and close the Valve Exchange Drawer. This option is particularly useful when testing a large number of valves on a regular basis.
  • Pressure Output: The HDT data acquisition system can be configured with optional analog output connectors for the pressure transducer signals. The configuration provides BNC connections for each pressure line for interfacing with any secondary measurement systems.
  • Large Valve Drawer: The HDT-500 can evaluate a sample up to 65 mm in size. A Large Valve drawer is available for mounting valve samples up to 80 mm.
  • Extra-Large Valve Drawer: The HDT-500 can evaluate a sample up to 65 mm in size. An Extra-Large Valve drawer is available for mounting valve samples up to 95 mm.
  • Instrument Workstation: This rugged, customizable instrument workstation featuring levelers and all-welded 16 gauge metal tube frame for durability, offers the following options for a tailored configuration:
    • Full width handle for easy control when casters are present
    • Adjustable, full-width 16 inch deep upper shelf for locating electronics away from possible liquid spills
    • Steel 6 inch drawer for small accessories and tools
    • A 3-way height-adjustable arm to mount the system flat-screen monitor
    • Articulating keyboard with mouse tray
    • Fixed, full-depth lower shelf for large accessories and fluid containers
    • Lockable casters for a mobile workstation
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